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    1. Ketamine: The Future of Depression Treatment?

      Sept. 23, 2014 -- Every year, 13 million to 14 million Americans have major depression. Of those who seek treatment, 30% to 40% will not get better or fully recover with standard antidepressants. That puts them at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse, hospitalization, and suicide attempts. Now, th

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    2. 1 Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better

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    3. Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims. The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators (known as "RNA markers") in the blood. The blood te

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    4. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years expe

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    5. When Depression Becomes Deadly

      Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 14. Aug. 12, 2014 -- The apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday rocked the entertainment world. Williams’ publicist said in a statement he'd been “battling severe depression,” according to media reports. Millions of

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    6. Light Shed on Link Between Depression, Dementia

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Specifically, they haven't been able to figure out th

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    7. More Evidence Botox Works for Depression

      June 19, 2014 (NEW YORK) -- A single injection of Botox, which is typically used to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, may be an effective treatment for depression. Investigators at the Hannover Medical School in Germany found that treating the facial muscles involved in emotion with Botox e

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    8. Weight Gain From Antidepressants Is Minimal: Study

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While it has long been known that some antidepressants can help spur weight gain, a new study finds that the actual amount gained is usually small. "This study was motivated in the first place by the number of patients who h

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    9. Depression May Be Linked to Heart Failure

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Depression may increase the risk of heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at nearly 63,000 people in Norway who underwent physical and mental health assessments. Over 11 years, close to 1,500 of the parti

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    10. 6 Common Depression Traps to Avoid

      When Orion Lyonesse is getting depressed, she turns into a hermit. She doesn't want to leave the house (not even to pick up the mail), and she cuts off contact with her friends and family. "The more I'm alone, the deeper the depression gets," Lyonesse, an artist and writer in Lake Stevens, Wash., te

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