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  1. Blood Test May Help Diagnose Depression

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Researchers say they have developed a blood test that may reliably detect depression. If the test continues to perform well in studies, experts say it could become one of the first objective ways to look for depression, which affects nearly 1 in 10 American adults. “Psychiatry is a f

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  2. Tempted to Quit Antidepressants?

    Antidepressants are designed to boost mood and relieve sadness, but for some patients, their side effects fuel another emotion: frustration. Just ask Maryland resident Jane Niziol. Her doctor prescribed Paxil after a difficult breakup left her feeling depressed and overwhelmed. Niziol recalls the me

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  3. Too Much Overtime May Raise Depression Risk

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- Working 11-hour days may seem the norm in this economy, but regularly logging long hours can more than double a worker’s risk of depression. People who routinely put in more than 11-hour days more than double their chances of major depression, compared to employees who typically wor

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  4. Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Linked to Depression

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Feeling blue? It may be time to check your vitamin D levels. New research suggests that low levels of vitamin D and depression may go hand in hand. The new study included about 12,600 people aged 20 to 90. Researchers measured the vitamin D in their blood and assessed symptoms of de

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  5. Newer Antidepressants Work Equally Well, Study Finds

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Newer antidepressants are all about equally effective, according to a new analysis, but that doesn't mean they work the same way for everyone. "Contrary to drug industry claims, scientific evidence does not support the choice of one drug over another based solely on better effectiven

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  6. Use of Antidepressants on the Rise in the U.S.

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- About 11% of Americans aged 12 or older take antidepressants, including many who have not seen a mental health professional in the past year, according to a new federal report. The report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics also says that the rate of antidepressant us

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  7. Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers

    Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain, where it performs its primary functions, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets.

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  8. 25 Ways to Find Joy and Balance During the Holidays

    Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of

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  9. Drink Coffee, Stay Happy?

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Some coffee drinkers may have a reason to smile -- or keep smiling. Drinking several cups a day is linked with a lower risk of depression, according to a new study that looked only at women. The benefit seems to start at two cups a day. The study is published in the Archives of Int

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  10. Depression May Increase Risk of Stroke

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- Many people become depressed after they experience a stroke, but new research shows that depression may actually increase risk of stroke and of dying from that stroke. "We didn't know whether depression, per se, could increase the risk of stroke, but now we have conclusive and comp

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