Most likely many of you have heard about the existence of such diseases as Alzheimer’s disease. This syndrome is a very tricky disease in which the reduced mental capacity of the individual, and the person gradually loses his memory and identity. Scientists believe that the disease development is promoted a genetic predisposition, but according to recent research, depression can also affect the development of dementia.
Is there a link between dementia and depression?
To understand whether there is a link between depression and dementia, the researchers for several years conducted a clinical study aimed at studying the behavior of patients with Alzheimer’s.the existence of depression in patients seems obvious, there is evidence that depression may be the consequence, the cause of the disease.
A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical school at Massachusetts General hospital showed that increasing the level of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is considered the primary pathological feature of Alzheimer’s disease and can be directly related to manifested by symptoms of depression. In addition, mild depression can be one of the first clinical signs of neurodegenerative disease.
Is it possible to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease?
The study showed, depressive disorder increases the risk of vascular anomalies within the brain or on its surface. The result of such mutations might not only Alzheimer’s, but also the occurrence of stroke.