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  1. Depression May Be Worse When Accompanied by Anger

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Irritability and anger in people with major depression are associated with greater severity of depression and other problems, a long-term study suggests. Researchers looked at data from more than 500 people who were followed

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  2. 'Exposure Therapy' for OCD

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder do better when they combine intensive "exposure therapy" with an antidepressant rather than taking a common two-drug combination. There are caveats, howe

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  3. Psychotherapy a Powerful Tool to Fight Depression

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a powerful tool for preventing depression, equaling or exceeding the effectiveness of antidepressants and other types of care, according to two new studies. Follow-up cognitive therapy can

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  4. Mellow Music May Help Stave Off Road Rage

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- A quick switch to mellow music in the car may make you a safer driver, researchers say. Promptly changing to soothing music is the most effective way to calm down while driving in stressful conditions that could trigger road rag

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  5. Glass of Wine a Day May Ward Off Depression

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- In the same way that a little wine may be good for the heart, it might also help avoid depression, a Spanish study suggests. So while drinking a lot of wine or other alcohol may be a sign of depression or other mental health p

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  6. Could Blood Test One Day Predict Suicide Risk?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of certain blood proteins may rise before a person commits suicide, a small study suggests, and researchers hope the findings will lead to an objective way to measure suicide risk. Any such test is a long way off, experts s

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  7. Study Challenges Theory About Brain Behavior

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans show no evidence that people are predominately right- or left-brained, researchers report. The new findings challenge the widely held belief that people use one side of their brain more than the other, and that thi

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  8. Could Facebook Habit Make You Less Happy?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Despite all the virtual socializing and "liking" involved, using Facebook is actually associated with a decline in happiness, according to a small new study. "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfi

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  9. Q&A With Demi Lovato

    From a field of former Disney teen stars -- think Selena, Miley, plus their older pop sisters Britney and Christina -- Demi Lovato, 21, is one of the most relatable. In 2010, she entered a rehab facility to deal with issues of depression, bulimia, addiction, and cutting, and she's been equally forth

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  10. Genetic Overlap Seen in Five Mental Disorders

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Five major mental disorders share common inherited genetic variations, a new study finds. The overlap is highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (15 percent), moderate between bipolar disorder and depression and betwe

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