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  1. Antidepressants: Best for Severe Depression?

    Jan. 5, 2010 -- Some antidepressants may work best for people with very severe depression, according to a new analysis, but may provide little or no benefit over placebo for those with mild, moderate, or severe depression. ''For patients with very severe depression, the medication did have a potent

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  2. Americans With Depression Are Undertreated

    Jan. 4, 2010 -- A new study shows only half of Americans with depression receive any type of treatment for it, and certain minorities may face even greater difficulties in getting the treatment they need. Researchers found only one in five Americans suffering from clinical depression receives treatm

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  3. Depression and Divorce

    The 20-something couple, married just a few years, was eagerly looking forward to the birth of their first baby. Labor and delivery went fine, and the baby was born healthy. But problems began when the new mom, overwhelmed by motherhood, suffered depression. "The husband had to take care of everythi

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  4. Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk

    Dec. 14, 2009 -- Older women who take antidepressants may have a slightly higher risk for stroke and death. In a new finding from the large study known as the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), postmenopausal women who took tricyclic or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants had

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  5. Antidepressant Paxil Also May Affect Personality

    Dec. 7, 2009 -- Besides treating depression, the antidepressant Paxil may affect personality traits in positive ways, a new study suggests. Researchers say Paxil and likely other antidepressants in the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may improve higher levels of

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  6. Midlife Crisis: Transition or Depression?

    What's a midlife crisis? It's the stuff of jokes and stereotypes -- the time in life when you do outrageous, impractical things like quit a job impulsively, buy a red sports car, or dump your spouse. For years, midlife crisis conjured those images. But these days, the old midlife crisis is more like

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  7. Omega-3s No Help for Depression?

    Oct. 20, 2009 -- Depressed heart patients don't get extra help from omega-3 fatty acids when they take the supplements along with an antidepressant drug, a clinical trial shows. Heart patients are often prescribed omega-3 supplements. There's evidence that the supplements can make antidepressants si

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  8. Depression, Anxiety Linked to Weight Gain

    Oct. 6, 2009 - People who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders are more likely to gain weight over time and become obese than people who don’t, a new study shows. Researchers followed more than 4,000 British civil servants for almost two decades in one of the longest st

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  9. Antidepressants Linked to Newborn Problems

    Oct. 5, 2009 -- New research provides further evidence that links antidepressant use among pregnant mothers to problems for their newborns at birth. The study showed that exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is associated with babies born an average of five days earlier and wi

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  10. Mediterranean Diet May Fight Depression

    Oct. 5, 2009 -- A new study suggests people who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, may be less likely to develop depression. Researchers say rates of depression are lower in Mediterranean than northern European cou

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