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Depression Health Center

News and Features Related to Depression

  1. Parenting Suffers When Dad Has Depression

    March 14, 2011 -- It’s not uncommon for fathers to experience at least one episode of major depression within the first year of a child’s life, a new study shows. The study also found that dads with depression were nearly four times more likely to spank their babies and about half as likely to read

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  2. Coping With Side Effects of Depression Treatment

    If you are being treated for moderate to severe depression, a doctor or psychiatrist has probably prescribed an antidepressant medication for you. When they work properly, they help to relieve symptoms and, along with other approaches such as talk therapy, are an important part of treatment. One way

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  3. Depression After Miscarriage Can Linger

    March 3, 2011 -- Feelings of depression and anxiety following a miscarriage may last for almost three years after the birth of a healthy baby, finds a new study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. “Health providers and women themselves think that once they have a healthy baby after a loss, all wou

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  4. What’s So Hard About Taking a Pill? People With Depression Know

    Antidepressants, especially when combined with talk therapy, generally help people recover from depression. Symptoms begin to improve within weeks for the majority of people taking antidepressants. And people who take antidepressants long-term -- up to 36 months -- have a relapse rate of only 18% co

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  5. Genetic Link Between Stress and Depression

    Feb. 7, 2011 -- A gene that influences how the brain responds to stress may also play a key role in depression. A new study shows people with a certain genetic mutation that causes them to produce less of the brain chemical neuropeptide Y (NPY) have a more intense negative emotional response to stre

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  6. FDA OKs Viibryd to Treat Depression

    Jan. 26, 2011 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Viibryd to treat adults with major depressive disorder. Carol Reed, MD, chief medical officer of Clinical Data Inc., tells WebMD that Viibryd offers a new choice for doctors treating people with depression. It is the only antidepressant that is

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  7. ‘Depression Gene’ Linked to Response to Stress

    Jan. 4, 2011 -- An analysis of 54 studies suggests that there really is a depression gene that can affect how people respond to stressful life events. The new study, which appears in the Jan. 3 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry , should help resolve controversy regarding the role of this g

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  8. Bright Light Eases Depression in Elderly People

    Jan. 3, 2011 -- Exposure to bright light may ease symptoms of depression in elderly people. A new study shows that three weeks of bright light therapy using specially designed light boxes improved symptoms of depression by as much as 54% in older adults with depression. In addition to lifting their

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  9. Team Treatment Helps Depression, Chronic Disease

    Dec. 29, 2010 -- More than 40% of older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and many also suffer from depression. These patients have the highest health care costs and the worst outcomes, but a new study suggests that a team-based approach to managing care

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  10. Depression Rising, but Psychotherapy Declines

    Dec. 6, 2010 -- More Americans than ever are receiving treatment for depression, but the number getting psychotherapy with or without drugs continues to decline, a national survey finds. Depression treatment rates increased dramatically during the 1990s with the introduction of the selective seroton

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