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  1. Laughing Gas Shows Promise in Treating Depression

    Dec. 10, 2014 -- Laughing gas may help treat severe depression, researchers say. Their study of 20 patients found that nitrous oxide -- often used to sedate dental surgery patients -- can be a fast-acting and effective treatment for severe depression in people who haven't responded to antidepressant

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  2. Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert. People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired,

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  3. 'Exposure Therapy' and Prolonged Grief Disorder

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests. Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than

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  4. Anti-inflammatories May Help Ease Depression

    Oct. 22, 2014 -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, new research suggests. The results link this additional use of NSAIDs -- in particular, Celebrex (celecoxib) -- to people having better responses to antidepressants without a

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  5. Ketamine: The Future of Depression Treatment?

    Sept. 23, 2014 -- Every year, 13 million to 14 million Americans have major depression. Of those who seek treatment, 30% to 40% will not get better or fully recover with standard antidepressants.   That puts them at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse, hospitalization, and suicide attempts. Now,

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  6. 1 Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better

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  7. Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims. The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators (known as "RNA markers") in the blood. The blood te

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  8. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years expe

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  9. When Depression Becomes Deadly

    Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 14. Aug. 12, 2014 -- The apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday rocked the entertainment world. Williams’ publicist said in a statement he'd been “battling severe depression,” according to media reports. Millions of

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  10. Light Shed on Link Between Depression, Dementia

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Specifically, they haven't been able to figure out th

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