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  1. Hormone Linked to Postpartum Depression

    Feb. 2, 2009 -- Could a simple blood test help predict a pregnant woman's risk for developing postpartum depression? Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say that the level of a hormone produced by the placenta around the 25th week of pregnancy may help predict a woman's chance of d

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  2. Moms Help Moms Duck Postpartum Depression

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- Phone calls from volunteer mothers who overcame postpartum depression prevent depressive symptoms in at-risk mothers, a Canadian study shows. "Mothers who received this support were at half the risk of depressive symptoms 12 weeks after delivery," says study leader Cindy-Lee Dennis,

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  3. Which Kids Need Antidepressants?

    Jan. 1, 2009 -- Medication helps depressed kids, but only those whose symptoms are severe enough to warrant treatment with antidepressants, analysis of clinical trial data suggests. The study is a careful analysis of data from 12 published and unpublished clinical trials in which newer antidepressan

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  4. St. John’s Wort for Major Depression?

    Oct. 10, 2008 -- Can taking an herbal supplement be as good as a prescription medication for people who are depressed? Researchers in Germany think so. A team working for a firm that makes St. John's wort extract has found that taking high-quality St. John's wort can be as effective as standard pres

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  5. FDA OKs TMS Depression Device

    Oct. 8, 2008 - The FDA has cleared the NeuroStar TMS brain-stimulating device for treating depressed adults for whom one antidepressant has failed to work. It's the first transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device to pass FDA muster. An FDA spokesperson tells WebMD that because the NeuroStar dev

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  6. Phone Psychotherapy: Fewer Hang-ups?

    Sept. 23, 2008 -- Hold for your therapist. ... Patients who receive psychotherapy over the phone -- an increasingly common practice -- may be less likely to drop out of treatment than patients who attend face-to-face sessions, according to a new analysis of existing studies about telephone psychothe

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  7. CDC: 1 in 20 Americans Depressed

    Sept. 3, 2008 -- More than one in 20 Americans aged 12 and older are depressed, according to the latest statistics from the CDC. Of them, 80% report some level of functional impairment because of their illness, with 27% reporting that it is extremely difficult to work, get things done at home, or ge

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  8. Does 'Hope Therapy' Help Depression?

    Aug. 18, 2008 -- Is being hopeful something we can learn? Researchers hope so. Several studies looking at "hope therapy" are showing positive results. Study lead author Jennifer Cheavens of Ohio State University says in a news release that "hope therapy seeks to build on strengths people have, or te

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  9. Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression

    July 23, 2008 -- A new small study shows that deep brain stimulation can improve life for those with treatment-resistant depression. Patients with treatment-resistant depression continue to have severe depression despite being treated with maximum medical therapy. Deep brain stimulation is done by i

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  10. Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Depression

    May 6, 2008 -- Researchers are becoming increasingly convinced that tiny electric shocks delivered deep into the brain could mean new hope for patients with severe depression and other mental illnesses. Several small trials are suggesting direct electrical brain stimulation has the ability to reliev

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