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  1. Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Depression

    It sounds like good advice and it probably would help you feel better, but how are you expected to start exercising when you can barely get out of bed and take a shower each morning? When you are in the throes of depression, it’s hard to summon the energy to do just about anything, especially exerci

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  2. How to Manage Depression Triggers

    Some people can take the “good” along with the “bad” in life, and mostly let things roll off of their shoulders. Others, however, are not quite as resilient. For them, any stressful life event -- whether the loss of a loved one, a dramatic break-up, or a layoff -- can kick-start a downward spiral. I

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  3. How Well Do You Function When Depressed?

    You go to work every day and even make time to see your close friends and family on weekends. But for the most part, you’re really just spinning your wheels. Nothing seems to excite you anymore, and you look forward to climbing back into bed at the end of the day. Sound familiar? Are you or a loved

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  4. Depression: Are You Honest With Your Doctor?

    When you're depressed, everything can seem difficult -- getting out of bed, going to work, even talking with your doctor or psychiatrist. You may not be sure how depression treatment -- or anything -- can possibly make you feel better. Can talking about how you're feeling really help? And if you tak

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  5. Probiotics: Exploring the Gut-Mind Connection

    May 24, 2012 -- Call it a gut feeling. Preliminary research suggests that probiotics may dampen signals that come from the gut and go to the brain when you're afraid or anxious. "By changing what's going on inside of the gut, we hope we can change how the brain responds to the environment," says stu

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  6. What to Do When Your Depression Treatment Isn't Working

    You've been going to therapy, taking your antidepressants as directed, and following all of your doctor's advice. But you still don't feel like your old self. What's taking so long? It can be frustrating to wait for your depression treatment to start to work. Be patient, but not passive, when managi

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  7. Making the Most of Depression Support Groups

    When you're depressed, it's common to withdraw from friends and family. This can make you feel isolated and alone -- but you are not. Depression just makes you feel like you are. The CDC reports that 1 in 10 U.S. adults is depressed.   Treatment for depression often involves medication, therapy, and

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  8. Spider Phobia: Brain Scan Shows Cure in 1 Session

    May 21, 2012 -- Before receiving treatment for her lifelong fear of spiders, one Chicago college student would flee her dorm for days if she merely suspected one's presence. She worried that her phobia would keep her from living on her own after graduation. Another woman did not travel because she w

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  9. Chinese Herb Kudzu May Help Drinkers Cut Down

    May 17, 2012 -- An extract from the Chinese herb kudzu may help drinkers cut down on drinking, according to a new pilot study. "It didn't stop the drinking," says researcher David M. Penetar, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "They still drank, but

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  10. Cognitive Therapy for Depression

    Almost everyone has dark thoughts when his or her mood is bad. With depression, though, the thoughts can be extremely negative. They can also take over and distort your view of reality. Cognitive therapy can be an effective way to defuse those thoughts. When used for depression, cognitive therapy pr

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