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  1. Facts About Antidepressants

    A controversial new study suggests the widely prescribed antidepressants Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor work no better than placebo for most patients who take them, and many depression experts now cry foul. In findings published in the February issue of the journal PloS Medicine, researchers conclude th

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  2. Teen Depression: Try Therapy, Switch Medication

    Feb. 26, 2008 -- Depressed teens who don't respond well to the first antidepressant medication they are prescribed do improve if they are switched to a different antidepressant medication and also offered "talk" therapy, according to a new study. The combination -- switching medications and offering

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  3. Hope May Take Time After Depression

    Feb. 21, 2008 -- New depression research confirms that antidepressants work, but hopelessness may take longer to lift than other symptoms. Based on those findings, the researchers make two suggestions: Patients should be followed closely for several months after their mood improves if they were part

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  4. Postpartum Depression Linked to Boys?

    Feb. 15, 2008 -- Women who give birth to a boy may be at increased risk of getting severe postpartum depression, according to a French study. But a Canadian expert on women's mental health says the conclusion is premature. And the study author himself warns that the results may not apply to U.S. wom

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  5. Elderly Women Hard Hit by Depression

    Feb. 4, 2008 -- Older women are more likely to suffer from symptoms of depression and remain depressed for a longer period of time than men, a new study shows. Researchers say major depression affects only about 1%-2% of the elderly population, but up to 20% may suffer from significant symptoms of d

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  6. Picture of Antidepressants Too Rosy?

    Jan. 16, 2008 -- Commonly prescribed antidepressants may not work as well as published studies suggest, according to new research. "Selective" reporting of study results inflates the effectiveness of antidepressants, researchers found. "I don't want people to think these drugs are not effective, tha

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  7. Suicide Warning Cut Antidepressant Use

    Jan. 7, 2008 -- Warnings about suicide risk in youths taking antidepressants have affected the use of those drugs. New research shows that antidepressant use by kids and teens fell nearly 10% annually after the drugs got a "black box" warning -- the FDA's sternest warning -- about youth suicide risk

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  8. The Dalai Lama's Advice on Depression

    Have your job, your mortgage -- your life -- pushed you into depression? The Dalai Lama can help. The ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism -- meditation, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion -- are offering world-weary Americans a better perspective on life and its hardships. By feeling compassion

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  9. Magnetic Stimulation for Depression?

    Dec. 6, 2007 -- An experimental depression treatment involving magnetic stimulation of the brain proved to be more effective than sham therapy in a large study. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression. Early this year, an advisory pane

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  10. Mild Depression Tied to Bone Loss

    Nov. 26, 2007 -- Even mild depression may significantly increase a woman's risk for developing osteoporosis, new government-funded research suggests. The level of bone density loss attributed to depression in the study was similar to that previously associated with other well- known osteoporosis ris

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