Journal article

Biological correlates of early life stressful events in major depressive disorder

Rosana Carvalho Silva, Elisabetta Maffioletti, Massimo Gennarelli, Bernhard T Baune, Alessandra Minelli

Psychoneuroendocrinology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2021


Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the most common psychiatric disorder and responds for important psychosocial consequences. Stressful life events, especially early life stress (ELS), contribute to an increased probability to develop MDD, leading in particular to severe and chronic manifestation and unfavorable treatment outcome. The association between ELS and MDD seems to have biological bases, consisting in dysregulations occurring at different levels. The aim of this narrative review is to propose an overview of the literature ranging from genetic, epigenetic, expression and protein to neuroimaging correlates underlying this relationship. A search on Pubmed of studies assessing biologic..

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