Home Health Parents News Now Depression Shown to Alter Kids' Brains Depression Shown to Alter Kids' Brains By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 11, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Children who are suffering from depression experience brain changes similar to the changes observed in depressed adults, new research published in The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has found. The New York Times reports: The children underwent M.R.I. brain scans while viewing pictures of happy, sad, fearful or neutral faces. The researchers found that right amygdala and right thalamus activity was significantly greater in the depressed children than in the others, a finding that has also been observed in depressed adolescents and adults. "We found something in the brain that is aligned with the idea of neurobiological models of depression — which parts of the brain are involved and how they interact," said the lead author, Michael S. Gaffrey, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. "We can begin to use this information in conjunction with other information — symptoms, other biological markers — to identify and eventually prevent and treat this disorder." By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Depression Shown to Alter Kids' Brains Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.