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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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