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  1. Clues Help ID Depressed People at Risk of Bipolar Disorder

    Aug. 17, 2010 -- Researchers have discovered clues that may help identify which people with depression are at risk of developing bipolar disorder. The new findings appear in the online version of The American Journal of Psychiatry. Bipolar disorder is a serious condition characterized by the extreme

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  2. Internet Overuse May Cause Depression

    Aug. 2, 2010 -- Teenagers who are addicted to the Internet are more likely to develop depression or other psychiatric problems than teens who are classified as normal Internet users, a new study says. Researchers in Australia and China studied pathological or uncontrolled Internet use and later ment

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  3. Getting Started: Exercise for Depression

    If you’re feeling depressed, it can be difficult to get yourself off the couch, much less exercise. But exercise may be one of the best things you can do for your depression. Physical activity can make you feel better, improve your mood, and help you sleep better. Many studies have shown the benefit

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  4. Eating Disorders and Depression

    Eating disorders often begin with the best of intentions -- a desire to lose weight and control eating. But in some people, those good intentions go badly wrong, resulting in anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, or other disorders. Why some people are at risk for eating disorders isn’t clear. Bu

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  5. How Your Depression Medicine Can Affect Your Life

    If you’re being treated for depression, taking an antidepressant may be part of your treatment plan. Antidepressants work by balancing chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. These depression medicines can help improve your mood, help you sleep better, and inc

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  6. How Long Should You Take Antidepressants?

    If you are considering taking an antidepressant, you may be concerned about how long you’ll need to stay on it. Even if you feel that it will help treat your depression, you may not like taking any medicine if you can help it. You may wonder about side effects or long-term effects of taking a drug t

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  7. Getting Started: Talk Therapy for Depression

    Many studies have found that talk therapy, or psychotherapy, can help treat depression. Talk therapy can help you learn about your depression and help you find ways to manage your symptoms. “Talk therapy can give you the skills to help handle your depression, so for many people it’s a very empowerin

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  8. Depression Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

    July 6, 2010 -- Older people who suffer from depression have nearly double the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a new study finds. Researchers followed elderly participants in the ongoing Framingham Heart Study for up to 17 years to explore late-life depression and dementia. The

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  9. Depression and Insomnia

    Can’t sleep? Feeling depressed? You’re not alone. Both insomnia and depression are surprisingly common complaints. About 15% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Nearly as many suffer occasional bouts of depression. Insomnia and depression often go hand-in-hand. Although just 15% of people with d

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  10. Getting Started: Eating Right for Depression

    If you’re feeling depressed, what you eat can affect your mood and your health. “A healthy diet is one of the most important facets in treating depression,” says Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc, clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in Austin. “If your body isn’t gettin

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