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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Depression Often Starts in Childhood

    Depression rates are rising and researchers and clinicians now say that depression often begins in childhood. Kathleen P. Hockey is a licensed social worker who has also suffered from depression. As a parent, Hockey wanted to keep her own children safe from the illness. After a few years of reading

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  9. Beating Winter's Woes

    Now that the Christmas tree is composting and radio stations have shelved that cheery holiday music until next winter, let's get real with some rewriting: 'Tis the season to be melancholy. You know the feeling: You're more tired these days, maybe anxious or moody. Cocooning with some leftover Christ

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  10. Sunshine For SAD Sufferers

    For years, Merril suffered through what he calls the "murky mess" of winters in Utah. As the days grew shorter and clouds hid the sun for days or weeks at a time, Merril found his appetite for carbohydrates increased, his ability to get work done decreased, and his moods grew darker. "I'd fly off th

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