Association of depression with medical illness: does cortisol play a role?

@article{Brown2004AssociationOD,
  title={Association of depression with medical illness: does cortisol play a role?},
  author={E Sherwood Brown and Femina P. Varghese and Bruce S. McEwen},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={55 1},
  pages={1-9}
}
Elevated cortisol in a subset of depressed patients is an enduring and well-replicated finding. Much interest has focused on the possible effects of depression on the hippocampus; however, an emerging body of evidence suggests an association between depression and non-central nervous system illnesses. In this review, data on the effects of depression on the brain and other organ systems sensitive to elevated cortisol are discussed. From searches of the MEDLINE, PSYCHINFO, and Current Contents… CONTINUE READING
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