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  1. What Is Pedophilia?

    Pedophilia can sometimes be a taboo topic. But it's often in the headlines. What is pedophilia? Who are pedophiles? How is it treated by the medical community? Here are answers from sexologist Ray Blanchard, PhD, adjunct psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto. A pedophile is a person who

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  2. Blood Test May Help Diagnose Depression

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Researchers say they have developed a blood test that may reliably detect depression. If the test continues to perform well in studies, experts say it could become one of the first objective ways to look for depression, which affects nearly 1 in 10 American adults. “Psychiatry is a f

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  3. Tempted to Quit Antidepressants?

    Antidepressants are designed to boost mood and relieve sadness, but for some patients, their side effects fuel another emotion: frustration. Just ask Maryland resident Jane Niziol. Her doctor prescribed Paxil after a difficult breakup left her feeling depressed and overwhelmed. Niziol recalls the me

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  4. Why Ostracism Hurts

    When Debra Yergen switched jobs, she got the cold shoulder from people she considered close friends. Yergen had spent three years working at a community hospital in Washington state, but when she started her new position as director of communications for a regional medical center that competed with

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  5. Too Much Overtime May Raise Depression Risk

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- Working 11-hour days may seem the norm in this economy, but regularly logging long hours can more than double a worker’s risk of depression. People who routinely put in more than 11-hour days more than double their chances of major depression, compared to employees who typically wor

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  6. Report: 1 in 5 Adults Had Mental Illness in 2010

    Jan. 19, 2012 -- A new federal report estimates that 20% of American adults -- more than 45 million people -- had some form of mental illness in 2010. The annual survey, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), shows a very slight increase in rates of mental

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  7. Why Is Alcohol Addictive? Study Offers Clues

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- We know alcohol makes many people feel good, and that it affects the brain, but new research goes a step further by tightening the focus on areas of the brain most likely affected by alcohol. The new brain imaging research may lead to a better understanding of alcohol addiction and

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  8. CDC: 1 in 6 U.S. Adults Is a Binge Drinker

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- About 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks, according to a new CDC report. That's 38 million people who overindulge. They do so an average of about four times a month, sometimes downing eight drinks at a sitting. "Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion

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  9. Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Linked to Depression

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Feeling blue? It may be time to check your vitamin D levels. New research suggests that low levels of vitamin D and depression may go hand in hand. The new study included about 12,600 people aged 20 to 90. Researchers measured the vitamin D in their blood and assessed symptoms of de

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  10. Worldwide Illegal Drug Use Estimated at 200 Million People a Year

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- Between 149 million and 271 million people worldwide used an illicit drug at least once in 2009, according to a new review of studies attempting to estimate the extent of the problem. That translates to 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 taking an illegal drug. But this global figure is li

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