Could a depression test determine better treatment methods?

Patients diagnosed with depression could benefit in future from a breakthrough study suggesting a way to tell whether they would respond better to drugs or psychotherapy.

Experts believe the findings may help speed up effective treatment of depression by one day ending the need for doctors to experiment with different treatments without any guarantee of results.

The research, by Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, identified specific patterns of brain activity that may predict how a patient could best be treated.

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