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  1. Gene May Sway Antidepressant Success

    March 17, 2006 -- Scientists may have a new clue about why some people respond better to a particular antidepressant than others. A variation on a specific gene may make a difference, according to a study in The American Journal of Human Genetics' early online edition. "Many patients can expect thei

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  2. Long-Term Antidepressants for Elderly?

    March 15, 2006 - Elderly patients who stay on antidepressant drugs after recovering from depression are much less likely to suffer recurrences than patients taken off the drugs or those treated with psychotherapy alone, an important new study suggests. Elderly people over the age of 70 who received

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  3. Depression: The Mask of Sorrow

    To the outside world, Sgt. Eric Weaver seemed like a model police officer. He always signed up for new projects and volunteered as a training coordinator for the SWAT team in Rochester, N.Y. Inside, however, Weaver saw himself as a failure. "I hated who I was," says the 40-year-old. "My depression w

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  4. Antidepressants, Kids: Measuring Risks

    March 6, 2006 -- Antidepressant use appears to be associated with a modest increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors among children and teens, but the drugs may or may not increase actual suicide risk. Researchers with the FDA analyzed 24 clinical trials involving 4,582 pediatric patients taking o

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  5. FDA OKs Patch to Treat Depression

    Feb. 28, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first skin patch for use in treating major depression. The once-a-day patch, called Emsam, works by delivering selegiline, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI, through the skin and into the bloodstream. Selegiline isn't a new drug. It was initially approve

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  6. Shock Therapy: No Longer So Shocking

    Feb. 15, 2006 - Shocking news: Shock therapy for depression isn't evil. Shock therapy makes many of us -- and many mental health professionals -- think of Jack Nicholson being zapped into oblivion in the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. Even the real name for the treatment is scary. ECT: elect

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  7. Pregnancy Antidepressants: Baby Risk

    Feb. 8, 2006 -- Babies whose mothers took antidepressant drugs in the second half of pregnancy are six times more likely to have a rare but dangerous lung ailment, a new study suggests. One study isn't proof. But it's strong evidence that taking SSRI antidepressants -- such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Pa

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  8. Depression May Return During Pregnancy

    Jan. 31, 2006 -- Contrary to popular belief, pregnancy doesn't ward off depression, doctors report. "Pregnancy is not 'protective' with respect to relapse of major depression," write Lee Cohen, MD, and colleagues. Cohen works in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital's psychiatry department. The f

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  9. Exercise May Lift Cloud of Depression

    Jan. 20, 2006 -- Exercise may provide an immediate mood boost for people suffering from depression. Although previous studies have suggested that exercise programs can take weeks to improve depressive symptoms, a new study suggests that even a single workout can provide immediate benefits in lifting

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  10. Fat Hormone May Counter Depression

    Jan. 17, 2006 -- Leptin, a hormone tied to body weight, may ease depression, a new study shows. The study included rats, not people, so it's not yet clear if leptin has an antidepressant effect on humans. The possibility is worth exploring, the researchers write in Proceedings of the National Academ

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