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  1. Generic Lexapro Approved by FDA

    March 14, 2012 -- The FDA approved the first generic version of the popular antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) today. Like the brand-name drug, the generic is approved for the treatment of both adult depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Escitalopram was approved in 2002, and it has been m

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  2. Road Rage: What It Is, How to Avoid It

    A year ago, according to news reports, Corrine Leclair-Holler, then 29, was talking on her cellphone while driving in Concord, N.H. Another driver, Carissa Williams, then 23, yelled at her, then pulled ahead. When she reached a freeway on-ramp, Williams stopped her car, got out (leaving her own baby

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  3. Can Antidepressants Work for Me?

    How effective are antidepressants? That's a question that many people with depression have asked -- and research suggests that the answers aren't simple.   It's a question that's relevant to millions. About one in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant, now the most commonly prescribed type of drug in

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  4. Exercise for Depression: How It Helps

    Five years ago, after ending a long-term relationship, Anita became seriously depressed. It benched the once-physically active writer, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy. She stopped running and began gaining weight and falling out of shape. It was not the first time she

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  5. Whitney Houston's Death Raises Addiction Questions

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- Whitney Houston's death at age 48 is reportedly the result of drug and alcohol abuse. Houston had entered addiction treatment at least three times. Each effort at recovery was followed by relapse. Why do people with addictions so often relapse? What is addiction, and what does it me

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  6. The Truth About Toxicology Tests

    On television crime shows, the results of toxicology tests are spewed out at warp speed, sometimes available even before the autopsy is complete. In real life, toxicology test results take much longer. "Some of the tests take days, weeks, months," says Alan Hall, MD, a board-certified toxicologist a

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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