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Having an overactive immune system may prime you for depression

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TEK Image/SPL/Getty ARE we programmed for depression? People with overactive immune systems appear to be primed for the condition. The finding could allow doctors to distinguish between different types of depression, offer help earlier and prescribe more personalised treatments. “That would be a real game changer for us,” says Andrew Miller, a psychiatrist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. “Right now we’re so non-specific in choosing a treatment, it’s pot luck,” he says. “I will ask patients which drugs they’ve heard of, or what their friends are taking, when prescribing.” “If you could predict the course of depression, you could tailor treatment,