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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Men Also Get Postpartum Depression

      May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- Postpartum depression hits new dads, too. Moreover, male postpartum depression may have more negative effects on some aspects of a child's development than its female counterpart, says James F. Paulson, PhD, of the Center for Pediatric Research at the Eastern Virginia Med

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    9. Many Depressed Older Adults Lack Vitamin D

      May 6, 2008 -- Soaking in plenty of sunshine and drinking lots of milk might help fight off depression in your golden years. Researchers reporting in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry have linked low blood levels of vitamin D -- the "sunshine vitamin" -- and increased parathyroid hormo

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    10. Postpartum Depression: How Common?

      April 10, 2008 -- The CDC today issued its latest statistics on postpartum depression, and the figures show that certain groups of women may be at higher risk. The CDC's report included more than 52,000 new moms in 17 states. The women, who had given birth within the past two to six months, complete

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