Sunday, August 7, 2011
Suicide Brain May Hold Key to Depression
A study that compared the brains of suicide victims to those of people who died suddenly from other causes found key differences in specific brain cells in the white matter of the brain.
The finding lends support to the idea that inflammation within the brain plays a key role in depression, says lead researcher Naguib Mechawar, PhD, of McGill University’s Group for Suicide Studies in Montreal.
Mechawar and colleagues have been studying the brains of suicide victims for close to a decade in an effort to better understand why some people with major depression take their own lives.