Can a Blood Test Diagnose Depression?

The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 10, Number 5, May 2012

Glen Spielmans, PhD

Associate professor of psychology, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Glen Spielmans, PhD, has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Psychiatrists have long wondered whether someday we might have an objective way to diagnose depression, in much the same way an internist orders a blood test or X-ray. A recent article suggests that just such a test might be on the horizon. Is it the real deal?

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