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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Can Caviar Cure Depression?

      It might sound a little fishy, but there is growing evidence that caviar can help chase away the blues. Early research suggests that people suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health problems can benefit from diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- found in abundance in certai

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    6. Writing Your Way Out of Depression

      Before Laurie Nadel, PhD, became a psychotherapist, she was a journalist covering some of the world's political hot spots. Nadel eased the anxiety of finding herself in volatile surroundings by writing -- not just for publication, but also for herself. "I thought that if I could write everything dow

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    7. Elderly Depression Often Unnoticed

      Claire Hamilton was getting worried about her Aunt Julia. Julia always seemed to have some new excuse to stay home. She had already, months ago, stopped volunteering at a local Head Start program because her arthritis was bothering her. Now Claire found herself on the phone pleading with her aunt to

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    8. Postpartum Depression

      Jan. 1, 2001 -- When David Resnick's wife, Susan, experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of their second child, the couple's world fell apart. "I went into survival mode," David Resnick says. "I had a wife who was clearly ill, a 4-month-old baby, and a 3-year-old daughter." To make

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    9. Walk Away the Blues

      Dec. 25, 2000 -- Claire Urmson began strength training several years ago to recover from an accident. To her surprise, the improvement she felt went far beyond her immediate physical problem. "I'm not somebody who loves exercise," says Urmson, 66. "But I really love the way it makes me feel." Indeed

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    10. Prozac: Pro and Con

      June 2, 2000 -- "I look so awful, I'm afraid to leave the house!" Maura, a graceful 39-year-old Irish woman, had been a psychotherapy patient of mine for about a year when she began developing strange, fluttering tics around her eyes. The tics eventually grew to include involuntary chewing motions a

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