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  1. Traveling With Holiday Depression

    Are you traveling for the holidays? Ready for all the family gatherings, old friends, Mom's cake, the white and drifting snow? It may depend on what happens to your mood when holidays approach. In fact, if you get depressed around the holidays, travel can seem more like a nightmare than a vacation.

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  2. Postpartum Depression: More Common Than You Know

    Tina Merritt, now 39, of Virginia Beach, Va., had heard of postpartum depression when she was pregnant seven years ago. But when she gave birth to her son, Graham, she expected nothing but joy as she and her husband welcomed the baby boy who would be the first grandchild on both sides of their famil

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  3. Adults Playing Video Games: Health Risks?

    Aug. 20, 2009 -- Adults who play video games may be increasing their risk for health problems, a new study shows. A survey published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that gamers reported more depression than non-gamers; the video game players also said they were more sedentary th

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  4. Depression Dulls Brain's Pleasure Sites

    Aug. 19, 2009 -- Depression is well known for dulling people's sense of pleasure, and now, researchers have used high-tech brain scans to watch that happen inside the depressed brain. Their findings -- which appear in the advance online edition of NeuroReport -- show that when depressed people liste

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  5. Antidepressant Use Nearly Doubles

    Aug. 3, 2009 -- Antidepressant use has nearly doubled in the U.S, according to a new study. Meanwhile, the use of psychotherapy by those prescribed the antidepressants has declined during the same period studied, from 1996 to 2005. "I expected there to be an increase [in antidepressant use], but I d

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  6. Depression: Asking Loved Ones for Help

    When Scott Davis, 38, was suffering from major depression, he confided in his sister-law. “One day I found myself talking to her about all my fears about the depression, and the medication and therapy I was beginning. I was overcome with anxiety about my future, and she said, ‘I’ve been there.’ Thos

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  7. Depression Gene? Maybe Not

    June 16, 2009 -- New research dismisses the widely held notion that a "depression gene" makes a person facing stressful life events more likely to develop depression. In 2003, mental health researchers announced that a genetic variation that affected the body's serotonin levels increased a person's

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  8. Parental Depression Affects 15 Million Kids

    June 10, 2009 -- Parental depression can take a serious toll on children, and the whole family should be involved in depression care, according to a new report. That report, issued today by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, estimates that in any given year, 7.5 million U.S

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  9. After Baby is Born: Postpartum Depression and Relationships

    When Tina Merritt gave birth to her son Graham six years ago, she expected what all new mothers expect: a joyous experience getting to know her baby. Instead, she found that she was terrified of her own child. “I came home and I cried for hours straight. I was afraid that somebody would leave me alo

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  10. Uprooting Children Raises Their Suicide Risk

    June 3, 2009 -- Job hopping may be financially necessary or rewarding for adults, but Danish researchers say changing residences can be emotionally stressful for children and may increase their suicide risk. It’s lonely being a stranger in the classroom or new neighborhood, and youngsters can suffer

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