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  1. Depression a Big Factor in Poor Health

    Sept. 6, 2007 -- Depression has a greater impact on overall health than arthritis, diabetes, angina, and asthma, but it all too often goes unrecognized and untreated, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests. Based on interviews with almost 250,000 people living in 60 countries, WH

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  2. Moldy Home, Depressed Dweller

    Aug. 29, 2007 -- Living in a damp or moldy home may be depressing, according to a new study on household mold and depression. The researchers stop short of blaming depression on moldy homes. But they see reason for more research on the topic. The study included more than 5,800 adults living in nearl

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  3. Double Depression Dims Hopeful Outlook

    July 26, 2007 -- Hopelessness, a hallmark of depression, tends to be even worse in double depression, a new study shows. Never heard of double depression? The term refers to chronic, less-severe depression (dysthymia) that worsens into major depression. Double depression isn't a new condition. But i

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  4. Finding Joy: A Mind-Body-Spirit Guide

    Rachel can't sleep, can't eat. She is in the midst of a family health crisis, marriage problems, and other issues. She's faced bouts of mild depression all her life, but this is suddenly much worse -- a severe case of anxious depression. Rachel needs an antidepressant, most psychiatrists would say.

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  5. Could You Be Depressed and Not Know It?

    "Could you be depressed and not know it?" This sounds like a ridiculous question. After all, wouldn't you know if you were depressed? Possibly not. Depression can take hold gradually, without a person realizing that depressive thoughts and feelings are increasingly dominating her perspective - and h

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  6. Antidepressants May Speed Bone Loss

    June 25, 2007 - Older men and women who take the most widely prescribed antidepressants are at increased risk for bone loss, new research shows, but it is unclear if the bone loss is caused by the drugs. Two newly published studies -- one in men and the other in women -- appear to link the use of se

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  7. New Antidepressant Suicide Warning

    May 2, 2007 -- Antidepressant labels should warn young adults aged 18 to 24 that the drugs may increase their risk of suicide, the FDA says. The FDA in 2005 required antidepressants to carry a "black box" label warning that children and teens who use the drugs have an increased risk of "suicidality"

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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