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Well it's a potentially deadly disease affecting nearly fifty million American adults and millions of children its clinical depression.
The thing is doctors say treating it is difficult process of trial and error and that a one size fits all approach just -- doesn't work.
But now a group of researchers at Emory university in Atlanta says that a quick brain scan could help solve all of that and save lives.
Jonathan Serrie with the news in our way in -- newsroom tonight Johnson.
Hi -- researchers do believe now -- a brain scans will help the doctors predict.
The best possible treatment for their patients with clinical depression that new study suggests activity levels in a small region of the brain called the interior in -- Indicates whether a patient will best respond to medication or talk therapy.
Researchers used pet scans to measure -- -- activity and then randomly assigned patients to twelve weeks of treatment.
Either with the common anti depressant -- how up -- or psychotherapy.
And here's what they found.
The patient who.
Data backs on NASA telegram have high -- -- activity.
And the patience to do the fast and cognitive behavioral therapy have low -- activity.
The goal is really to get people well and to do that as fast as possible to get them what they need and at the same time ensure that we don't give them a treatment that won't work for them.
The hope is that this will lead to additional research that eliminates the hit.
And this factor involved with treating people with depression.
ED Guyton and advocate with the National Alliance on Mental Illness spent.
Much of her whole life waiting for -- successful treatment to control her own depression.
She says eliminating that wait time.
Could save lives let's.
There's a fatal disease many people commit suicide and they do it in the -- and the time.
That they are waiting quite often.
And the Emory study is published online in the journal Gemma psychiatry -- Jonathan the feds say clinical depression can develop really -- any age but the averages 32.
And they say it's more common in women than men.
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