Episode: Depression: The Difference a Diagnosis Can Make


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Depression: The Difference a Diagnosis Can Make
the-difference-a-diagnosis-can-mean-for-patients-with-depressionThere is a new medical breakthrough for depression.

Breaking Health News: The very first blood test has been developed to diagnose depression in adult patients.  

This is a major medical breakthrough. Until now, doctors and psychologists had to rely on signs and symptoms displayed in their patients to diagnose the disease, and patients had to trust the "expert opinion" of their health care provider when it came to a depression diagnosis. 

There was no real test or science behind the diagnosis of depression, nor was there a way to measure how treatment was improving a patient's condition. 

This new blood test will end the stigma of depression being "all in your head" by providing a scientific diagnosis to both the doctor and the patient.  

During the research on the test, scientists also discovered that the blood test showed the biological effects of cognitive behavioral therapy.  

This is the first measurable, blood-based evidence of the therapy's success, and means that not only can doctors evaluate their patients and how they are responding to cognitive therapy, but also provide concrete evidence that it works.  

Perhaps this evidence is what the insurance companies need to lift the current limitations put in place on how many therapy sessions they will cover in a patient's health insurance plan.  

The new blood test has a little ways to go before being approved by the FDA, but when it's released to the doctors, it's sure to be a huge medical turning point for those who suffer from depression.  

Creator of the test, Dr. Eva Redei joins Dr. Kaskel to share more about the test and what it means for both doctors and patients.

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