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  1. Shock Therapy: No Longer So Shocking

    Feb. 15, 2006 - Shocking news: Shock therapy for depression isn't evil. Shock therapy makes many of us -- and many mental health professionals -- think of Jack Nicholson being zapped into oblivion in the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. Even the real name for the treatment is scary. ECT: elect

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  2. Pregnancy Antidepressants: Baby Risk

    Feb. 8, 2006 -- Babies whose mothers took antidepressant drugs in the second half of pregnancy are six times more likely to have a rare but dangerous lung ailment, a new study suggests. One study isn't proof. But it's strong evidence that taking SSRI antidepressants -- such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Pa

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  3. Depression May Return During Pregnancy

    Jan. 31, 2006 -- Contrary to popular belief, pregnancy doesn't ward off depression, doctors report. "Pregnancy is not 'protective' with respect to relapse of major depression," write Lee Cohen, MD, and colleagues. Cohen works in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital's psychiatry department. The f

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  4. Exercise May Lift Cloud of Depression

    Jan. 20, 2006 -- Exercise may provide an immediate mood boost for people suffering from depression. Although previous studies have suggested that exercise programs can take weeks to improve depressive symptoms, a new study suggests that even a single workout can provide immediate benefits in lifting

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  5. Fat Hormone May Counter Depression

    Jan. 17, 2006 -- Leptin, a hormone tied to body weight, may ease depression, a new study shows. The study included rats, not people, so it's not yet clear if leptin has an antidepressant effect on humans. The possibility is worth exploring, the researchers write in Proceedings of the National Academ

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  6. Drugs, 'Shock Therapy' Beat Depression

    Jan. 12, 2006 - Some of the most maligned therapies for depression are also the most useful, say researchers whose review of depression treatments appears in the latest issue of The Lancet. The researchers concluded that electroconvulsive therapy, once known as "shock treatment," and antidepressant

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  7. First Antidepressant Fails 70% of Time

    Jan. 4, 2006 - Antidepressant medication, all by itself, puts depression into remission for 30% of patients, a government-funded study shows. What about the other 70% of people with depression? And how long must the lucky 30% stay on medication? Stay tuned. The study is just starting to get interest

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  8. Suicide Drops With Antidepressant Use

    Jan. 3, 2006 -- Concerns that antidepressant medications are associated with an increased risk of suicide are not borne out by new research involving more than 65,000 treated patients. Researchers reported that the risk of serious suicide attempts or death from suicide actually decreased in the week

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  9. Antidepressants May Boost Brain Growth

    Dec. 28, 2005 - How do antidepressants work? They may, literally, be changing your brain. Newer kinds of antidepressants are supposed to work by affecting brain chemistry. They are designed to put more chemical messengers -- such as serotonin -- in the gaps across which brain cells communicate. This

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  10. How Light Therapy Works in the Body

    Nov. 8, 2005 -- Bright light is known to affect the body and its internal "clock," and Japanese scientists may have partly figured out how that happens. When they exposed mice to bright light, the mice experienced a wave of hormones called glucocorticoids. These hormones are responsible for many bod

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