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Depression May Mean Getting Short End of the Telomere

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, August 2, 2013
"We are used to thinking of depression as a mental illness, or those of us that are more biologically inclined, as a brain disorder," Owen Wolkowitz told his audience during a recent talk at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on "Getting Old Before Our Time: Psychiatric Illnesses and Accelerated Cell Aging." But in his opinion, that may change: "Diseases that are now considered mental illnesses may someday be re-conceptualized as systemic illnesses, albeit with prominent behavioral manifestations."

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