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  1. Hormone Linked to Postpartum Depression

    Feb. 2, 2009 -- Could a simple blood test help predict a pregnant woman's risk for developing postpartum depression? Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say that the level of a hormone produced by the placenta around the 25th week of pregnancy may help predict a woman's chance of d

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  2. Moms Help Moms Duck Postpartum Depression

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- Phone calls from volunteer mothers who overcame postpartum depression prevent depressive symptoms in at-risk mothers, a Canadian study shows. "Mothers who received this support were at half the risk of depressive symptoms 12 weeks after delivery," says study leader Cindy-Lee Dennis,

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  3. Which Kids Need Antidepressants?

    Jan. 1, 2009 -- Medication helps depressed kids, but only those whose symptoms are severe enough to warrant treatment with antidepressants, analysis of clinical trial data suggests. The study is a careful analysis of data from 12 published and unpublished clinical trials in which newer antidepressan

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  4. New Year’s Blues

    Does this depressing conversation sound like the one you have with yourself sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year's, year after year? "I didn't take off that 15 pounds." "I didn’t make as much money as I said I would." "I didn't get that promotion or switch jobs." "I'm hopeless." While some peo

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  5. Craving Carbs in Winter: Is It Depression?

    If winter weather triggers carbohydrate cravings, you're not alone.  Many people snack more on carbohydrate-containing foods in winter, sometimes in an unconscious effort to boost their mood, says Judith Wurtman, PhD, a former scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of T

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  6. Winter Babies and Postpartum Depression

    As many as three out of every four women will experience the short-term mood swings known as the "baby blues" after their baby is born. But nearly 12% experience more serious and longer-lasting postpartum depression. How can you tell the difference between the normal mood changes that will abate, an

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  7. Fending Off Depression Symptoms in Winter

    While some people look forward to the brisk days of fall and winter, anticipating family dinners and cozy nights by the fire, others dread the cooler temperatures and shorter days. If history repeats, they know that the winter season will bring, like clockwork, worsening symptoms of depression. Up t

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  8. St. John’s Wort for Major Depression?

    Oct. 10, 2008 -- Can taking an herbal supplement be as good as a prescription medication for people who are depressed? Researchers in Germany think so. A team working for a firm that makes St. John's wort extract has found that taking high-quality St. John's wort can be as effective as standard pres

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  9. FDA OKs TMS Depression Device

    Oct. 8, 2008 - The FDA has cleared the NeuroStar TMS brain-stimulating device for treating depressed adults for whom one antidepressant has failed to work. It's the first transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device to pass FDA muster. An FDA spokesperson tells WebMD that because the NeuroStar dev

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  10. Foods That Boost Mood and Fight Holiday Weight Gain

    Neither stress nor holiday weight gain need ruin your holidays this year. Here are tips about eating habits and foods that can boost your mood when a stressful situation strikes. You’ll feel calmer – and be trimmer -- throughout the holiday season.  The best way to cope with holiday stress and oblig

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