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  1. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years expe

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  2. Certain Antipsychotics & Kidney Problems in Elderly

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds. Quetiapine (Seroquel),

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  3. Guys Get Eating Disorders, Too

    Binging, purging, yo-yo dieting, anorexia. Think these are girl problems? Not so fast. "Recent data suggest that one in four people with an eating disorder is male," says Lazaro Zayas, MD. He's a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. But because of a long-held belief that bulimia and anore

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  4. When Depression Becomes Deadly

    Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 14. Aug. 12, 2014 -- The apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday rocked the entertainment world. Williams’ publicist said in a statement he'd been “battling severe depression,” according to media reports. Millions of

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  5. Pride Over Weight Loss May Help Drive Anorexia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa feel a sense of pride about their weight loss, and this positive emotion may play a major role in the deadly condition, according to a new study. "What we think happens is

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  6. Need to Spot a Narcissist? Just Ask Them

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Self-absorbed narcissists can ruin your day, but a new study suggests an easy way to detect one: Just ask. That's because truly narcissistic people don't see the character trait as a flaw and are more than willing

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  7. Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy and Child's Brain

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child's brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates. The findings point to a possible reason for the persistent attention a

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  8. Abuse of Rx Painkillers in High School Athletes

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise among high school athletes, and football players are among the worst offenders, a new study shows. The finding was published online recently in the Journal of Child &

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  9. Young Adults, Mental Health, and 'Obamacare'

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of young American adults getting mental health treatment has risen since the rule on dependent coverage went into effect with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a new study finds. That key provision ensures tha

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  10. What ‘Am I Crazy?’ Really Means

    Have you found yourself typing “Am I crazy?” into Google or asking Siri? You probably got back a patchwork of results, from online “sanity tests” to mental health forums. Fortunately, most people who do such searches aren’t actually going “crazy,” as in developing delusions, paranoia, or hallucinati

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