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Hyperactivity in Brain May Explain Multiple Symptoms of Depression

Published: February 28, 2012.
Released by University of California - Los Angeles  

Most of us know what it means when it's said that someone is depressed. But commonly, true clinical depression brings with it a number of other symptoms. These can include anxiety, poor attention and concentration, memory issues, and sleep disturbances.


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