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  1. Antidepressant Suicide Checkup Lacking

    Aug. 10, 2006 -- Despite the risk of suicide in patients starting antidepressant treatment, 80% of new patients don't get recommended mental health mental health care. The finding comes from data on 84,514 adults and children who started antidepressant treatment between 2001 and 2003. Medco Health S

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  2. FDA OKs Generic Antidepressant Effexor

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- People taking the antidepressant Effexor are getting a generic option. The FDA yesterday approved the first generic version of Effexor (venlafaxine), a widely used prescription drug for major depression . The generic drug isn't the same as Effexor XR. Generic drugs often cost less th

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  3. Dads Get Postpartum Depression, Too

    Aug. 7, 2006 -- After years studying postpartum depression depression in new moms, a recent study suggests that new dads can get depressed too. About 14% of mothers and 10% of fathers suffer from moderate or severe postpartum depression, according to the study in the August issue of the journal Pedi

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  4. 'Club Drug' May Fight Depression

    Aug. 7, 2006 -- Low doses of ketamine, a medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, relieves depression in just two hours and the effect may last as long as a week, new research shows. Ketamine is also sometimes abused as a "club drug." Known in slang as "special K," it can cause halluc

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  5. Preventing Depression Relapse

    July 5, 2006 -- Mild sadness may trigger relapse into major depression , a Canadian study shows. But this is more likely to happen in patients treated with antidepressants than in those who receive a form of psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT. Relapse is a risk for people who

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  6. Depression: Children Not Immune

    Depression in children is an increasingly recognized problem. Learn the symptoms of childhood depression. Sometimes kids get sad. They may act depressed. Most kids get over the worst of these symptoms in a couple of days. Some don't. Parents, if they know to look, can tell the difference, says Maril

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  7. Sleep Violence: Antidepressant Link?

    June 20, 2006 -- Attacked by snakes in his dream, a man strangles his sheets. Another, fighting dream intruders, punches his bedpost and breaks his arm. Others injure not themselves but their bed partners. All of these people suffered an unusual sleep disorder in which they act out violent dreams. I

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  8. Study: SSRI Antidepressants Save Lives

    June 12, 2006 - Far from increasing suicide risk, SSRI antidepressants have saved thousands of lives since they became available in the U.S. in the late 1980s, according to findings from a new study. Researchers estimate that after the availability of the new generation of drugs for depression depre

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  9. FDA OKs Generic Depression Drug

    May 23, 2006 -- The FDA has approved a generic version of the antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate). The generic tablets will be available in three doses: 5 milligrams, 10 milligrams, and 20 milligrams. The drug is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a family of drugs that also

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  10. Treating Depression With Botox

    May 16, 2006 – It is a treatment that brings new meaning to the phrase, "When you look good, you feel good." Researchers say depressed female patients in a small, pilot study showed dramatic improvement when given Botox injections, with nine out of 10 no longer meeting the clinical standards for dep

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