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  1. Coming to Terms With Depression

    You’ve just been diagnosed with depression. You may feel as if you are the only person in the world with this problem. That kind of feeling is just one symptom of the illness. Of course, you aren’t alone. Nearly 17 million adults in the U.S. suffer from depression. It affects people of all ages, rac

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  2. A Holistic Approach to Treating Depression

    If you’re depressed, taking medication is only one of many treatment options.  A holistic approach focuses on treating your whole being -- body and mind -- to help you feel better. A healthy diet, exercise, and talk therapy are a few of the holistic approaches you can use, along with your medication

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Exercise and Depression: Expert Q&A

    Depression is draining. It can make any type of exertion -- going to the grocery store, cleaning up the yard, or exercising -- seem daunting. "Energy loss is one of the key characteristics of depression. Some people feel that it’s the key characteristic of depression," says Robert E. Thayer, PhD, a

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  7. Antidepressants Linked to Miscarriage Risk

    June 2, 2010 -- A Canadian study of more than 5,000 women shows an association between taking antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, and an increased risk for miscarriage. But researchers caution that this association does

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  8. Survey: Talk Therapy as Good as Antidepressants

    June 1, 2010 -- Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for treating both anxiety and depression, but talk therapy appears to work just as well as the medications, according to a new survey. People who both take medicine and get therapy fare even better. Nearly 80% of survey respondents with depress

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  9. More 'Doctor Time' Helps Ease Depression

    May 26, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Simply spending more time with the doctor may help people with depression feel better. That's according to researchers who analyzed data from major studies pitting the antidepressant Effexor against placebo in people with depression. Patients on placebo experienced subs

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  10. Yoga May Help Fight Depression

    May 26, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Yoga may be helpful in the treatment of depression, researchers say. In a small study of healthy people with no psychiatric problems, yoga produced greater improvements in mood than walking, suggesting its beneficial effect is not just from physical activity. "We think

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