Experts from the University of Sydney conducted an analysis of MRI images of the brain 1728 people with clinical depression. As a comparison group, we used 7199 healthy people. In the chronic form of depression when the patient's condition changes in waves (from recovery to a critical state), there are peculiarities in the structure of the brain, writes The Daily Mail.
People with chronic depression the size of the hippocampus were reduced. This area is responsible for the formation of memories and emotions. If a person has experienced only one episode of depression, no similar changes were noted.
The sooner people faced with chronic depression, the less he was the hippocampus compared with healthy people. Scientists believe that early forms of depression – one of the main features leading to chronic process.