A tiny discovery in the brain could revolutionize depression diagnoses

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When clinicians typically diagnose depression, they’re guided by criteria in the DSM-5, the gold standard guidebook for psychiatry.

They ask patients if they have been feeling anxious, hopeless, or unmotivated to get a sense of their mental well being. Then, they can begin the process of treatment.Now, building on decades of molecular research in the brain, researchers argue for a different diagnostic approach to depression.

In a new study, scientists discovered that tiny proteins in the brain called tubulin play a critical role in orchestrating depression.

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