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  1. Help Yourself out of Depression

    Recovery from depression can be a long process. A variety of treatments for depression exists, but they may take time before an effect is noticed. Weeks, if not months, may pass between the time when you see a health care provider about depression and when your mood starts to lift. While some improv

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  2. Many Emotions Can Damage the Heart

    Volatile emotions like anger and hostility are bad for heart health. But studies have shown that some of the quieter emotions can be just as toxic and damaging. "Study after study has shown that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are many times more likely to get sick and die prematurel

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  3. Out of the Blue

    Brooke Shields seemingly has it all -- happy marriage, celebrated beauty, critical applause, world fame. Yet, after her child was born, she fought the "mother lode" of emotional battles: a crippling bout with postpartum depression. After giving birth two years ago, actress/model/icon Brooke Shields

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  4. Foods That Fight Winter Depression

    The winter blues can leave you not only feeling down in the dumps, but they can also send you rummaging for sweets. Don't get caught up in this vicious cycle. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that affects 25 million Americans, mostly women. Much research has been done on

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  5. Kids and Antidepressants: A Growing Problem

    On Feb. 2, 2004, Mark Miller of Overland, Kan., spoke at a public forum in the nation's capital, uttering words that no parent should ever have to speak: "This is important for you to know," he told an FDA advisory committee. "Matt hung himself from a bedroom closet hook, barely higher than he was t

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  6. Winter Darkness, Season Depression

    A wistful feeling comes over us in late autumn, as the last remaining leaves drop, morning frosts cover the ground, and the sun sets earlier each day. Hot cider and the warmth of a favorite old coat may be all you need to face the coming winter with good cheer, but for many people, fall melancholy d

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  7. Child Depression: What Should Parents Do?

    If antidepressants aren't always safe for kids, as noted by the FDA, then what is? Parents are confused, frightened: What should we do when a child has depression? First step: Don't stop the medication. "If your child is taking an antidepressant, don't stop or make changes abruptly," says psychiatri

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  8. Antidepressant Rx: Careful Monitoring Needed

    Who prescribed your antidepressant? Not a psychiatrist, most likely. Up to 80% of antidepressants are prescribed by primary care doctors -- and given the high rate of clinical depression, "that's a good thing," says David Feinberg, MD, a clinical psychiatrist with the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

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  9. Childhood Depression: Matter of Life or Death

    Childhood is not a universally happy time, and for 3% to 8% of kids, depression will be part of the growing-up experience. Fortunately, children who experience depression usually respond to treatment, and that treatment can mean the difference between life and death, say experts. While it is easy to

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  10. Mary's Brain vs. Harry's Brain

    The causes of clinical depression and anxiety are complex -- a weave of social, biological, and genetic factors. At the heart of it all, there's this: Women have twice the risk of depression as men do. "This is true across all countries, all cultures, all income levels, across all levels of success

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