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  1. Debate Over Antidepressants in Pregnancy Ongoing

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- The debate over the safety of antidepressants during pregnancy has been going on for a long time, and a new review may keep the debate alive a while longer. The research review finds little evidence that the most widely prescribed class of antidepressants benefits pregnant women and

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  2. High-Dose Generic Wellbutrin XL Withdrawn

    Oct. 5, 2012 -- The FDA has withdrawn its approval of Teva Pharmaceutical's Budeprion XL 300-mg tablets, a generic version of GSK's Wellbutrin XL extended-relief antidepressant. The FDA action comes five years after patients complained of headaches and returning depression after switching from brand

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  3. What's Stopping You From Seeing a Doctor About Depression?

    Are you struggling with depression? Are you getting treatment for it? If not, you’re not alone. About two-thirds of people with major depression never seek appropriate treatment, and the consequences can be devastating: personal suffering, missed work, broken marriages, health problems and, in the w

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  4. Pets for Depression and Health

    Could a kitten's purr or a dog's wagging tail help with your depression? It might. "Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. Studies show that animals ca

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  5. Exercise May Fight Depression in Heart Failure

    July 31, 2012 -- Exercise helps people with heart failure feel a bit better, physically and emotionally, a new study shows. It may also lower a person's risk of dying or winding up in the hospital. Up to 40% of people with heart failure grapple with depression. The combination often leads to poor he

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  6. Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression

    July 18, 2012 -- New research points to specific brain changes seen in moms with postpartum depression. Researchers used sophisticated brain imaging scans to show that levels of a brain chemical called glutamate are higher in the brain's prefrontal cortex among women with postpartum depression compa

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  7. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

    June 27, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses and conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to certain types of cancer. Now a small study of three women suggests that vitamin D deficiency and depression may travel together, and that filling up the "vitamin D tank" ma

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  8. Depression Treatment by Phone

    June 5, 2012 -- People suffering major depression are more likely to get psychotherapy if it's offered by phone, Northwestern University researchers find. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. Patient surveys show most would prefer psychotherapy to antidepressant drugs. Yet only a

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  9. How to Manage Depression Triggers

    Some people can take the “good” along with the “bad” in life, and mostly let things roll off of their shoulders. Others, however, are not quite as resilient. For them, any stressful life event -- whether the loss of a loved one, a dramatic break-up, or a layoff -- can kick-start a downward spiral. I

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  10. Therapy for Depression

    Depression is a mental illness that can be debilitating without treatment. The Centers for Disease Control found one in 10 U.S. adults suffer from depression. Those most affected include women, people 45-64, those currently unemployed or unable to work, and people without health insurance coverage,

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