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  1. What's Stopping You From Seeing a Doctor About Depression?

    Are you struggling with depression? Are you getting treatment for it? If not, you’re not alone. About two-thirds of people with major depression never seek appropriate treatment, and the consequences can be devastating: personal suffering, missed work, broken marriages, health problems and, in the w

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  2. Dealing With Anxiety and Phobias

    Your heart pounds, your palms sweat, and you begin to tremble. These physical reactions to danger put your body on high alert. But if you're gripped with fear when there is little or no real danger, like when you're on a plane taxiing down a runway to take off, the real culprit may be anxiety. "Anxi

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  3. Work it Out: Dealing with Job Stress

    It's 9 p.m., and you're still at work. You can't relax at home with unfinished work on your desk. And if you don't get this done, your boss will be upset. At least, that's what you think.  It isn't the work that leaves you unable to relax. It's that you see the work as a threat. Stress is not a reac

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  4. Pot Use in Teen Years May Lower IQ, Study Shows

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- Heavy, long-term marijuana use beginning in the teens can possibly lead to lower IQ, a provocative new study shows. Frequent, continued use of marijuana starting before age 18 was associated with an eight-point decline in IQ in the study. The decline was not seen in users who starte

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  5. Partner Depression Common After Heart Attack

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- When Linda Green recalls her husband John’s 2009 heart attack, her heart races and her hands get sweaty. “It feels like posttraumatic stress,” she says. “I just relive it all.” Though she says she held up well during her husband’s hospital stay, Green says she became anxious and dep

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  6. Hoarders' Brains Overwhelmed by Decisions

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Two brain regions go on high alert when hoarders must decide whether to keep something they own or throw it away. In a new study in Archives of General Psychiatry, brain images of those regions show that hoarders respond quite differently when making such decisions than people with o

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  7. Fewer Lies, Better Health?

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- People who make an effort to lie less say they have better relationships and report fewer health complaints, according to new research. "Our findings support the notion that lying less can cause better health through improving relationships," says researcher Anita Kelly, PhD, a profe

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  8. Pets for Depression and Health

    Could a kitten's purr or a dog's wagging tail help with your depression? It might. "Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. Studies show that animals ca

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  9. Exercise May Fight Depression in Heart Failure

    July 31, 2012 -- Exercise helps people with heart failure feel a bit better, physically and emotionally, a new study shows. It may also lower a person's risk of dying or winding up in the hospital. Up to 40% of people with heart failure grapple with depression. The combination often leads to poor he

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  10. Even Mild Anxiety May Shorten a Person's Life

    July 31, 2012 -- Psychological distress, even at relatively low levels, is linked to an increased risk of death, a large new study shows. Distress is a measure of psychological health that takes into account symptoms of anxiety or depression. The study found that people frayed by even slight distres

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