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Re: Lithium protects the hippocampus in BD.

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.




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