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    1. Scans: Brain Region Misfires in Depressed People

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A part of the brain that responds to bad experiences acts in an unexpected way in people with depression, a small study finds. One theory suggested that the pea-sized structure called the habenula was overactive in people

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    2. Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than

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    3. 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical & Severe Depression

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hallucinogenic compound found in "magic mushrooms" shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found. "Depression continues to affect a large proportion of the population, many of whom do not respond

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    4. Could Inducing Mild 'Fever' Help Depression?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds. The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a

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    5. Depression Persists in Caregivers of Seriously Ill

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests. "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [inte

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    6. Can This Anesthetic Ease Suicidal Thoughts?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of the anesthetic ketamine may quickly reduce suicidal thoughts in people with long-standing depression, a small study suggests. By the end of three weeks of therapy, most of the 14 study volunteers had a decre

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    7. These Supplements May Boost Antidepressant Effects

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that th

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    8. Treating Depression Might Help Stem Heart Woes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Effective treatment of depression seems to reduce a person's risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Depression is a known risk factor for heart disease, but how treatment for depression affected that risk was unc

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    9. Excess Cellphone Use May Mean Anxiety, Depression

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some young adults who constantly reach for their smartphones might be anxious or depressed, preliminary research suggests. A study of more than 300 college students found heavier technology use was tied to greater risk for

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    10. Poor REM Sleep, Higher Risk for Depression?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "rest

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