The researchers in Canada have found a cellular link between anxiety and depression in the brain and they hope their findings will lead to the development of an improved way of treating depression.
The University of Western Ontario, who conducted the study have revealed that overcoming anxiety can have a biological impact on the neurotransmitters typically targeted by anti-depressants.
Though the doctors involved in the study have focussed solely on the use of medication for treating depression through overcoming anxiety, the link could also bear significance for treatments such as hypnotherapy and other behavioural treatments that treat both mental conditions.
The study was conducted over a five year period, during which it used mice as test subjects to investigate numerous neurotransmitters. Hymie Anisman was a researcher involved in the study and has said that anxiety is often either a precursor to depression or can make it worse. He added that depression medication is only successful for about 60% of patients, whilst many others can find it ineffective.
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