Posted by Twinleaf on May 9, 2012, at 17:07:35
In reply to Re: Lithium protects the hippocampus in BD. » Phillipa, posted by SLS on May 9, 2012, at 12:40:31
It's my understanding that depression itself, if sufficiently severe, results in hippocampal shrinkage. This is thought to be caused by abnormal amounts of cortisol and perhaps other stress hormones.
This is a very encouraging finding! I wonder if many more people suffering from depression might benefit from low-dose lithium.