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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Why Cell Phones and Driving Don't Mix

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics, including questions about what's true and not true in the field of medicine. For our July/August 2012 issue, we interviewed a University of Utah researcher about the danger of using a phon

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  8. New Clues to Schizophrenia

    May 15, 2012 -- Scientists have developed a test that may be able to predict who is at risk for schizophrenia, a complex mental illness that is thought to run in families. To develop the test, scientists used a new approach to identify a comprehensive group of genes most likely linked with the disea

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  9. How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Safe on the Road

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our July/August 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's mental health expert, Patricia Farrell, PhD, about diminishing road stress on long-distance car trips. Q:  I'm traveling cross-country t

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  10. Having 'Type D' Personality May Hurt Your Health

    May 9, 2012 -- Doctors need to focus on their heart patients' psychological well-being in addition to their physical well-being, suggests a new study in the journal Circulation. According to the research, patients with what's known as a "type D" personality -- meaning a distressed and generally pess

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