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  1. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

    June 27, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses and conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to certain types of cancer. Now a small study of three women suggests that vitamin D deficiency and depression may travel together, and that filling up the "vitamin D tank" ma

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  2. Chronic Abuse of Prescription Drugs Skyrocketing

    June 25, 2012 -- Overdose deaths from prescription pain killers is rising, and a new report suggests it's not people looking for a quick fix, but long-term use that may be leading to the problem. A new CDC study shows the number of people who abused prescription pain killers for more than 200 days i

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  3. Eating Disorders in Women Over 50

    June 21, 2012 -- Eating disorders don't just strike teens. A new survey shows that middle-aged women binge, purge, and engage in extreme exercise and dieting about as often as adolescents do. "Strikingly, things are as bad in this age group as they are in the younger age groups. I was sort of gobsma

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  4. Depression Treatment by Phone

    June 5, 2012 -- People suffering major depression are more likely to get psychotherapy if it's offered by phone, Northwestern University researchers find. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. Patient surveys show most would prefer psychotherapy to antidepressant drugs. Yet only a

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  5. Therapy for Depression

    Depression is a mental illness that can be debilitating without treatment. The Centers for Disease Control found one in 10 U.S. adults suffer from depression. Those most affected include women, people 45-64, those currently unemployed or unable to work, and people without health insurance coverage,

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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