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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Coping Skills May Reduce Teen Depression

      June 2, 2009 -- Teaching at-risk teens skills to help them identify negative thinking and better deal with their problems can reduce the incidence of depression, new research confirms. The study compared outcomes among teens who were and were not enrolled in a cognitive behavioral therapy program. W

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    8. Are Antidepressant Warnings Causing Harm?

      June 1, 2009 -- Federal warnings about potentially dangerous and even deadly risks of antidepressant drugs may be doing more harm than good, new research suggests. Since the FDA issued its first in a series of warnings in October 2003 about increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in children

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    9. Poor Workplace Climate Linked to Depression

      April 9, 2009 -- Tension, backbiting, and poor team spirit at the workplace may increase the risk for depression, a new study says. Researchers questioned a randomly selected sample of 3,347 Finnish workers aged 30-64 in 2000 and 2001. Each person was asked to rate team climate in the workplace on a

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    10. Heart Disease Tied to Depression, Anger

      March 9, 2009 -- Depression, anger, and hostility may be red flags of heightened heart disease risk, even if you don't have heart disease right now. That news comes from two studies published in the March 17 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Highlights from the studies in

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