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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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."   Inde

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  6. 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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  7. Pushing Prozac

    June 2, 2000 -- For five years, antidepressant drugs have redefined daily life for Carla, a graphic designer in Des Moines, Iowa. They've helped her pry loose from depression so powerful she could barely get out of bed in the morning. They've helped her raise three teenage sons and put an end to her

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  8. Staying Up to Beat the Blues

    May 8, 2000 -- Nearly 30 years have passed since Anna Wirz-Justice, MD, first prescribed a night without sleep for a severely depressed 80-year-old woman. "She used to just sit around all day, feeling suicidal," says the Swiss neurobiologist. "She hardly spoke or moved.'' The remedy worked. By the n

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  9. Too Depressed to Remember

    April 17, 2000 (Berkeley, Calif.) -- For years, Maria Cusenza's three children didn't worry much about her. Through her 60s and early 70s, Cusenza was a busy woman living in her own apartment in San Francisco. But in recent years the situation has changed. Cusenza, now 80, has marked memory loss. By

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  10. Undoing Depression

    Your dad, 66 years old and a retired widower, lives alone. Lately, he has bailed out of his weekly card games and no longer sees his friends. Possibly. Given enough stress, anyone will develop depression, says George Grossberg, M.D., the Samual Fordyce Professor and Director of the Division of Geria

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