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  1. Antidepressant/Child Suicide Risk Slim

    April 17, 2007 -- Antidepressants may slightly increase children's risk of suicide, but the drugs' benefits far outweigh this risk, a new look at the evidence suggests. To give prescription antidepressants to your child or teen, you have to get past the FDA's scary black-box warning on the label. "I

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  2. Intense Sadness Normal After Loss

    April 6, 2007 -- After a major setback, such as divorce or job loss, intense sadness may be normal and not warrant a depression diagnosis, researchers report. They include Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, University Professor and professor of social work at New York University. "Normal grief ... is a

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  3. Study: Child Antidepressant Use Down

    April 2, 2007 -- Prescriptions for antidepressants dropped dramatically among children and teens following public warnings about deadly side effects, but now suicides are up, researchers say. The findings highlight the critical role of mass media in driving medical care, and they are especially trou

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  4. Depression Therapy by Phone May Work

    March 22, 2007 -- Getting depression therapy by phone may have lasting benefits, a new study shows. The study included 393 moderately depressed adults who had just started taking antidepressants. Participants who got 10-12 phone therapy sessions over a year, in addition to standard depression care,

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  5. Device for Depression Criticized

    Jan. 29, 2007 -- An FDA advisory panel on Friday questioned the value of a new brain stimulation device for depression, potentially damaging its chances for FDA approval. Members of the panel expressed doubts that the machine, called NeuroStar, helps depressed patients or provides any advantage over

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  6. Antidepressants May Up Fracture Risk

    Jan. 22, 2007 -- Daily use of certain antidepressants doubles the risk of bone fractures in adults 50 and older, a new study shows. "Other studies have pointed to this [link], but our study confirms it," says David Goltzman, MD, one of the study's authors. Goltzman is director of the Centre for Bone

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  7. Antidepressant Effexor Beats Prozac and Zoloft

    March 16, 2000 (New York) -- In two head-to-head comparison studies, people with major depression treated with Effexor (venlafaxine) were more likely to recover completely than those treated with either Prozac (fluoxetine) or Zoloft (sertraline). "These findings are important because up until [now],

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  8. Role Reversal

    Lorraine Bracco, as psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos, HBO's smash hit, is cool and calm talking with Tony Soprano about the mobster's depression. But when she remembers the start of her own real-life battle with depression, her voice rises with passion. "It hit me that it had been months

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  9. One Woman's Battle With Depression

    October 2000 should have been the happiest time of my life. I was 27 years old, I'd recently married a wonderful man, we'd bought our first house, and I'd landed a job I'd wanted for years as a mental health therapist. So why did I feel sad and unsatisfied with my life? To find out, I began seeing a

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  10. Wellbutrin XL Goes Generic

    Dec. 15, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL (bupropion). In 2005, Wellbutrin XL -- the latest version of Wellbutrin -- was the 21st highest-selling brand-name drug in the U.S, with sales totaling more than $1.3 million, according to the online

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