Neuroactive Steroids May Induce Prolonged Antidepressant Effects by Altering Brain States

This shows a brainAllopregnanolone, a neuroactive steroid used in the treatment of postpartum depression, alters neural communication in the basolateral amygdala, an area of the brain associated with emotion and mood regulation. The drug may alter the network associated with chronic stress, which may explain its persistent antidepressant effect.