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Depression Following Concussion

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University have identified the neurological basis of depression in male athletes with persisting post-concussion symptoms. The study, published in this week's issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, has important clinical implications for the treatment of individuals who have suffered a cerebral concussion.

Although neuropsychological testing in these individuals was reported to be normal, many of these athletes reported significant symptoms of depression.  The researchers utilized funtional MRI studies which showed reduced brain activity in areas of the brain that are seen in patients suffering from major depression.

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