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Stress, the Brain and Depression

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:983
  1. Ottar Bjerkeset, psychiatrist and research fellow (
  1. Levanger Hospital, Norway

    Stress and depression are closely associated, but how strong is the evidence that stress can cause depression? Many people in today's general and psychiatric practice take this causal relation for granted, yet proving the existence of the connection means a thorough discussion of complex, interrelated topics. Stress, the Brain and Depression gives evidence for how personality features, genetic factors, and psychosocial factors influence the interplay between stress and …

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