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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Research: Depression Could Be An Allergic Reaction To Inflammation

New research reveals that several cases of depression are caused by the body's allergic reaction to inflammation. According to Tim de Chant of NOVA, inflammation is the immune system's natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. If triggered, the body releases various cells and proteins into the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that aid intercellular communication. People suffering from depression have high amount of cytokines.

Researchers and doctors are now introducing new and exciting measures in fighting this global epidemic by treating the inflammatory symptoms of depression — instead of the neurological ones.

Caroline Williams of The Guardian stated that few clinical trials have found adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, but also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials are needed to confirm this.

Eleanor Morgan of VICE also added that cytokines skyrocket during depressive episodes, and cease remission in those with bipolar disorder. The fact that normal healthy people can become temporarily anxious or depressed after receiving an inflammatory vaccine adds more credibility to the theory.

Some even suggest that depression should be re-branded as an infectious disease. Carmine Pariante, a Kings College psychiatrist was quoted in The Guardian report saying that we’re between five and ten years away from a blood test that can measure levels of inflammation in depressed people. If Pariante’s estimate is correct, as well as the inflammation-depression theory, we could be potentially just five years away from an adequate ‘cure’ for depression.

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