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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Depression: Coping With Anxiety Symptoms

    Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites, but they often go together. More than half of the people diagnosed with depression also have anxiety. Either condition can be disabling on its own. Together, depression and anxiety can be especially hard to live with, hard to diagnose, and hard to tr

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  4. 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

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 25 Ways to Find Joy and Balance During the Holidays

    Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of

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  9. Fat Pharms: Antidepressants and Weight Gain

    Seeking help for depression -- and following through with antidepressant medication -- is a courageous and important first step on the road to recovery. But too often, those who take that step find themselves faced with another troubling problem: weight gain. Experts say that for up to 25% of people

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  10. 3 Food Traps to Avoid When You're Depressed

    When you’re struggling with depression, your eating habits often suffer. Some people overeat and gain weight, turning to food to lift their mood. Others find they’re too exhausted to prepare balanced meals or that they’ve lost their appetite. "Whether you're overeating or not eating enough, you may

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