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  1. Craving Carbs: Is It Depression?

    Does a bad day at the office or a tiff with your spouse send you marching to the cookie jar or the corner bakery? Or do you find yourself at the vending machine every day precisely at 4 p.m. for some crackers or candy? If either scenario fits, you're not alone. Many people crave carbohydrates -- esp

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  2. Veterans' Health: Conditions and Stressors

    “Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support,” President Obama said last November.  Among these sacrifices are health conditions with which many service members and their families must cope long after the s

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  3. Treatment-Resistant Depression: Your Continuum of Care

    If you've been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, you might be wondering what happens next. You've already tried some medications. Maybe you've already tried talk therapy, too. They haven't helped. So what now? "Having treatment-resistant depression is a terrible burden for people," says

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  4. The Ups And Downs of Depression Treatment

    Depression can be like an old blanket -- a smothering, sometimes comforting cloak between you and the world. Unfortunately, getting free of its symptoms is not as simple as crawling out from under the blanket. Most people experience ups and downs in the journey from depression. The fluctuations are

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  5. Unhappy With Your Antidepressant?

    If you’ve ever taken an antidepressant, you know that the first several days or even weeks can be rough. Antidepressants take time to work and some can cause unpleasant side effects like dizziness, nausea, sweaty palms, and diarrhea. When you put all that together, you may start to doubt the value o

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  6. Generic Antidepressants: What You Need to Know

    The Food and Drug Administration sees no difference between brand-name and generic medications for depression. Most psychiatrists readily prescribe generics as effective copies of the original. That said, it is not at all rare for patients who switch to a generic from a brand-name medication to expe

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  7. Lifestyle Tips for Treatment-Resistant Depression

    If you have treatment-resistant depression, getting expert medical and psychological treatment is crucial. But recovery isn't only about dutifully taking your medicine and seeing your therapist. There is actually a lot that you can do on your own to support your treatment. "Because some treatments h

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  8. Stress and Depression

    Stress is good for you.  It keeps you alert, motivated and primed to respond to danger.  As anyone who has faced a work deadline or competed in a sport knows, stress mobilizes the body to respond, improving performance. Yet too much stress, or chronic stress may lead to major depression in susceptib

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  9. Coping With Side Effects of Depression Treatment

    If you are being treated for moderate to severe depression, a doctor or psychiatrist has probably prescribed an antidepressant medication for you.  When they work properly, they help to relieve symptoms and, along with other approaches such as talk therapy, are an important part of treatment. One wa

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  10. What’s So Hard About Taking a Pill? People With Depression Know

    Antidepressants, especially when combined with talk therapy, generally help people recover from depression. Symptoms begin to improve within weeks for the majority of people taking antidepressants. And people who take antidepressants long-term -- up to 36 months -- have a relapse rate of only 18% co

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