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    1. How Well Do You Function When Depressed?

      You go to work every day and even make time to see your close friends and family on weekends. But for the most part, you’re really just spinning your wheels. Nothing seems to excite you anymore, and you look forward to climbing back into bed at the end of the day. Sound familiar? Are you or a loved

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    2. How to Manage Depression Triggers

      Some people can take the “good” along with the “bad” in life, and mostly let things roll off of their shoulders. Others, however, are not quite as resilient. For them, any stressful life event -- whether the loss of a loved one, a dramatic break-up, or a layoff -- can kick-start a downward spiral. I

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    3. Depression: Are You Honest With Your Doctor?

      When you're depressed, everything can seem difficult -- getting out of bed, going to work, even talking with your doctor or psychiatrist. You may not be sure how depression treatment -- or anything -- can possibly make you feel better. Can talking about how you're feeling really help? And if you tak

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    4. What to Do When Your Depression Treatment Isn't Working

      You've been going to therapy, taking your antidepressants as directed, and following all of your doctor's advice. But you still don't feel like your old self. What's taking so long? It can be frustrating to wait for your depression treatment to start to work. Be patient, but not passive, when managi

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    5. Making the Most of Depression Support Groups

      When you're depressed, it's common to withdraw from friends and family. This can make you feel isolated and alone -- but you are not. Depression just makes you feel like you are. The CDC reports that 1 in 10 U.S. adults is depressed. Treatment for depression often involves medication, therapy, and h

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    6. Cognitive Therapy for Depression

      Almost everyone has dark thoughts when his or her mood is bad. With depression, though, the thoughts can be extremely negative. They can also take over and distort your view of reality. Cognitive therapy can be an effective way to defuse those thoughts. When used for depression, cognitive therapy pr

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    7. Can Antidepressants Work for Me?

      How effective are antidepressants? That's a question that many people with depression have asked -- and research suggests that the answers aren't simple. It's a question that's relevant to millions. About one in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant, now the most commonly prescribed type of drug in t

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    8. Exercise for Depression: How It Helps

      Five years ago, after ending a long-term relationship, Anita became seriously depressed. It benched the once-physically active writer, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy. She stopped running and began gaining weight and falling out of shape. It was not the first time she

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    9. Tempted to Quit Antidepressants?

      Antidepressants are designed to boost mood and relieve sadness, but for some patients, their side effects fuel another emotion: frustration. Just ask Maryland resident Jane Niziol. Her doctor prescribed Paxil after a difficult breakup left her feeling depressed and overwhelmed. Niziol recalls the me

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    10. Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers

      Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain, where it performs its primary functions, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets.

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