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Clues to 'Slacker' Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says
Date:5/2/2012

opamine levels play a role in the lower levels of motivation seen in people with certain types of mental illness.

"Right now our diagnoses for these disorders is often fuzzy and based on subjective self-report of symptoms," Zald said. "Imagine how valuable it would be if we had an objective test that could tell whether a patient was suffering from a deficit or abnormality in an underlying neural system. With objective measures we could treat the underlying conditions instead of the symptoms."

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The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Vanderbilt University, news release, May 1, 2012


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