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A study identified 6 types of depression. Here's why that matters

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For some people with depression, finding the right medication can be a lengthy process. However, new research may bring us closer to a future where doctors can accurately assess a patient’s brain and prescribe the most suitable treatment. Scientists have identified six subtypes of major depression through brain imaging and machine learning. The study also tested how different biotypes responded to various antidepressants and therapies. Depression affects 280 million people worldwide and 26 million in the United States. This study aims to develop a more individualized approach to mental health care.