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  1. Getting Started: Eating Right for Depression

    If you’re feeling depressed, what you eat can affect your mood and your health. “A healthy diet is one of the most important facets in treating depression,” says Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc, clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in Austin. “If your body isn’t gettin

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  2. A Holistic Approach to Treating Depression

    If you’re depressed, taking medication is only one of many treatment options.  A holistic approach focuses on treating your whole being -- body and mind -- to help you feel better. A healthy diet, exercise, and talk therapy are a few of the holistic approaches you can use, along with your medication

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  3. Depression and Insomnia

    Can’t sleep? Feeling depressed? You’re not alone. Both insomnia and depression are surprisingly common complaints. About 15% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Nearly as many suffer occasional bouts of depression. Insomnia and depression often go hand-in-hand. Although just 15% of people with d

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  4. Exercise and Depression: Expert Q&A

    Depression is draining. It can make any type of exertion -- going to the grocery store, cleaning up the yard, or exercising -- seem daunting. "Energy loss is one of the key characteristics of depression. Some people feel that it’s the key characteristic of depression," says Robert E. Thayer, PhD, a

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  5. Conquering Meth Addiction: Carren Clem's Story

    I never expected to become a drug addict. I grew up in rural Montana. My dad worked as a narcotics cop, so my siblings and I knew how bad drugs were. I played violin, had my own pony, did well in school, and went to church. But in sixth grade, I started having social problems. I was teased and exclu

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  6. Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teen Problem

    You might think of anorexia and bulimia as adolescent disorders, but it's a problem plaguing adults, too. Anorexia, in which people have an intense fear of gaining weight and drastically restrict their food intake, cuts across ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. But it strikes mostly women: About 9

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  7. Got a Problem? Try Sleeping on It

    When it comes to problem solving, getting enough sleep may truly be the secret to success. Take the case of Kate Miller, the owner of Charlie's Playhouse, a maker of science education toys. Miller had been wrestling with a problem for weeks. But one morning the answer popped into her mind as she wok

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  8. Is It Really Depression?

    This sad, hopeless feeling just can't go on. It's affecting your job, your life. It seems like depression. But could it be something more? Many people with depression also experience some degree of anxiety - anxiety that goes beyond the typical tension we experience when we face life's challenges. F

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  9. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Depression Symptoms

    Sadness. Irritability. Obsessive thoughts. Extreme moods. The symptoms of depression, anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder often seem the same. It's not always easy for doctors to determine which mood disorder, or combination, a patient has. Here are some questions that will help both you and your

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  10. Coping With Anxiety

    Divorce, layoffs, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can't change. How do you know when it's time to get help dealing with your anxieties? To better understand the underpinnings of anxiety -- and how to better c

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