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  1. Stress and Depression

    Stress is good for you.  It keeps you alert, motivated and primed to respond to danger.  As anyone who has faced a work deadline or competed in a sport knows, stress mobilizes the body to respond, improving performance. Yet too much stress, or chronic stress may lead to major depression in susceptib

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  2. Coping With Side Effects of Depression Treatment

    If you are being treated for moderate to severe depression, a doctor or psychiatrist has probably prescribed an antidepressant medication for you.  When they work properly, they help to relieve symptoms and, along with other approaches such as talk therapy, are an important part of treatment. One wa

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  3. What’s So Hard About Taking a Pill? People With Depression Know

    Antidepressants, especially when combined with talk therapy, generally help people recover from depression. Symptoms begin to improve within weeks for the majority of people taking antidepressants. And people who take antidepressants long-term -- up to 36 months -- have a relapse rate of only 18% co

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  4. Is Depression Wrecking Your Weight?

    They are both heavy burdens - weight problems and depression. And they often go hand in hand. Some people gain weight when they're depressed. Others lose weight, to an unhealthy degree. Which comes first? And how can you untangle the link between depression and weight -- especially if depression has

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  5. Getting Started: Exercise for Depression

    If you’re feeling depressed, it can be difficult to get yourself off the couch, much less exercise. But exercise may be one of the best things you can do for your depression. Physical activity can make you feel better, improve your mood, and help you sleep better. Many studies have shown the benefit

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  6. How Your Depression Medicine Can Affect Your Life

    If you’re being treated for depression, taking an antidepressant may be part of your treatment plan. Antidepressants work by balancing chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. These depression medicines can help improve your mood, help you sleep better, and inc

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  7. A Holistic Approach to Treating Depression

    If you’re depressed, taking medication is only one of many treatment options.  A holistic approach focuses on treating your whole being -- body and mind -- to help you feel better. A healthy diet, exercise, and talk therapy are a few of the holistic approaches you can use, along with your medication

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  8. Coming to Terms With Depression

    You’ve just been diagnosed with depression. You may feel as if you are the only person in the world with this problem. That kind of feeling is just one symptom of the illness. Of course, you aren’t alone. Nearly 17 million adults in the U.S. suffer from depression. It affects people of all ages, rac

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  9. Getting Started: Talk Therapy for Depression

    Many studies have found that talk therapy, or psychotherapy, can help treat depression. Talk therapy can help you learn about your depression and help you find ways to manage your symptoms. “Talk therapy can give you the skills to help handle your depression, so for many people it’s a very empowerin

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  10. Depression and Insomnia

    Can’t sleep? Feeling depressed? You’re not alone. Both insomnia and depression are surprisingly common complaints. About 15% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Nearly as many suffer occasional bouts of depression. Insomnia and depression often go hand-in-hand. Although just 15% of people with d

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