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  1. Depression a Big Factor in Poor Health

    Sept. 6, 2007 -- Depression has a greater impact on overall health than arthritis, diabetes, angina, and asthma, but it all too often goes unrecognized and untreated, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests. Based on interviews with almost 250,000 people living in 60 countries, WH

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  2. Moldy Home, Depressed Dweller

    Aug. 29, 2007 -- Living in a damp or moldy home may be depressing, according to a new study on household mold and depression. The researchers stop short of blaming depression on moldy homes. But they see reason for more research on the topic. The study included more than 5,800 adults living in nearl

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  3. Double Depression Dims Hopeful Outlook

    July 26, 2007 -- Hopelessness, a hallmark of depression, tends to be even worse in double depression, a new study shows. Never heard of double depression? The term refers to chronic, less-severe depression (dysthymia) that worsens into major depression. Double depression isn't a new condition. But i

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  4. Antidepressants May Speed Bone Loss

    June 25, 2007 - Older men and women who take the most widely prescribed antidepressants are at increased risk for bone loss, new research shows, but it is unclear if the bone loss is caused by the drugs. Two newly published studies -- one in men and the other in women -- appear to link the use of se

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  5. New Antidepressant Suicide Warning

    May 2, 2007 -- Antidepressant labels should warn young adults aged 18 to 24 that the drugs may increase their risk of suicide, the FDA says. The FDA in 2005 required antidepressants to carry a "black box" label warning that children and teens who use the drugs have an increased risk of "suicidality"

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  6. Antidepressant/Child Suicide Risk Slim

    April 17, 2007 -- Antidepressants may slightly increase children's risk of suicide, but the drugs' benefits far outweigh this risk, a new look at the evidence suggests. To give prescription antidepressants to your child or teen, you have to get past the FDA's scary black-box warning on the label. "I

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  7. Intense Sadness Normal After Loss

    April 6, 2007 -- After a major setback, such as divorce or job loss, intense sadness may be normal and not warrant a depression diagnosis, researchers report. They include Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, University Professor and professor of social work at New York University. "Normal grief ... is a

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  8. Study: Child Antidepressant Use Down

    April 2, 2007 -- Prescriptions for antidepressants dropped dramatically among children and teens following public warnings about deadly side effects, but now suicides are up, researchers say. The findings highlight the critical role of mass media in driving medical care, and they are especially trou

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  9. Depression Therapy by Phone May Work

    March 22, 2007 -- Getting depression therapy by phone may have lasting benefits, a new study shows. The study included 393 moderately depressed adults who had just started taking antidepressants. Participants who got 10-12 phone therapy sessions over a year, in addition to standard depression care,

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  10. Device for Depression Criticized

    Jan. 29, 2007 -- An FDA advisory panel on Friday questioned the value of a new brain stimulation device for depression, potentially damaging its chances for FDA approval. Members of the panel expressed doubts that the machine, called NeuroStar, helps depressed patients or provides any advantage over

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