OBJECTIVE: Cortisol hypersecretion is one of the most reliable biological abnormalities in major depression, but it is uncertain if it represents an illness marker or a trait vulnerability to mood disorder. The present study sought to answer this question by measuring waking salivary cortisol levels in young people at familial risk of depression but with no personal history of mood disorder. METHOD: The authors studied 49 young people who had not been depressed themselves but who had a parent...Expand abstract
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Increased waking salivary cortisol levels in young people at familial risk of depression.
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