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Has Research Found a Reliable Depression Biomarker in Boys?

A major obstacle in the prevention of depression is the lack of a predictive biomarker in individuals who later develop the disorder. British researchers have shown that the combination of a physiological biomarker—salivary cortisol—and the presence of depressive symptoms might be used to predict the development of major depression in adolescents.

Psychiatric Symptoms, Not Diagnoses, Have Most Effect on Work

Psychiatric disorders account for billions of dollars of costs related to absenteeism, reduced productivity, and treatment each year. Most research in this area has focused on standard DSM diagnoses, but it may be more informative to look instead at psychiatric symptoms, such as insomnia and emotional distress, and their effect on the workplace.