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  1. Drug May Improve Depression and Sleep

    May 17, 2011 -- An antidepressant that modifies sleep-wake cycles proved effective for treating major depression while also improving the sleep quality of patients in key studies, according to a newly published study. The melatonin-based drug agomelatine was recently approved in Europe and Australia

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  2. Low Oxytocin Linked to Postpartum Depression

    May 11, 2011 -- Pregnant women who have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin may be at greater risk for developing postpartum depression, a new study shows. Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” or the “hormone of love,” oxytocin has been the subject of much research interest for its ability to fost

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  3. Veterans' Health: Conditions and Stressors

    “Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support,” President Obama said last November.  Among these sacrifices are health conditions with which many service members and their families must cope long after the s

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  4. Treatment-Resistant Depression: Your Continuum of Care

    If you've been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, you might be wondering what happens next. You've already tried some medications. Maybe you've already tried talk therapy, too. They haven't helped. So what now? "Having treatment-resistant depression is a terrible burden for people," says

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  5. Generic Antidepressants: What You Need to Know

    The Food and Drug Administration sees no difference between brand-name and generic medications for depression. Most psychiatrists readily prescribe generics as effective copies of the original. That said, it is not at all rare for patients who switch to a generic from a brand-name medication to expe

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  6. Unhappy With Your Antidepressant?

    If you’ve ever taken an antidepressant, you know that the first several days or even weeks can be rough. Antidepressants take time to work and some can cause unpleasant side effects like dizziness, nausea, sweaty palms, and diarrhea. When you put all that together, you may start to doubt the value o

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  7. The Ups And Downs of Depression Treatment

    Depression can be like an old blanket -- a smothering, sometimes comforting cloak between you and the world. Unfortunately, getting free of its symptoms is not as simple as crawling out from under the blanket. Most people experience ups and downs in the journey from depression. The fluctuations are

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  8. Lifestyle Tips for Treatment-Resistant Depression

    If you have treatment-resistant depression, getting expert medical and psychological treatment is crucial. But recovery isn't only about dutifully taking your medicine and seeing your therapist. There is actually a lot that you can do on your own to support your treatment. "Because some treatments h

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  9. Happiest States Have Most Suicides

    April 22, 2011 -- It's a dark paradox: The happiest states in America have the highest suicide rates. The surprising finding comes from a British/American research team looking for clues to why people choose to end their own lives. "Although one's own happiness protects one from suicide ... the leve

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  10. TV Breakups: When a Show Ends, Fans May Mourn

    April 22, 2011 -- One minute, the relationship is humming along, comfortable yet exciting. The next, poof! It’s gone. Never mind that the relationship is a TV relationship and you're mourning the passing of your favorite character. This is what experts call a ''parasocial" relationship. It's a bond

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