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  1. Antipsychotics Offer Modest Benefits for Non-Approved Conditions

    Sept. 27, 2011 -- A new research review shows that powerful drugs approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression may have modest benefits when they are prescribed for certain other mental and behavioral problems. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Associ

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  2. Drink Coffee, Stay Happy?

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Some coffee drinkers may have a reason to smile -- or keep smiling. Drinking several cups a day is linked with a lower risk of depression, according to a new study that looked only at women. The benefit seems to start at two cups a day. The study is published in the Archives of Int

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  3. Depression May Increase Risk of Stroke

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- Many people become depressed after they experience a stroke, but new research shows that depression may actually increase risk of stroke and of dying from that stroke. "We didn't know whether depression, per se, could increase the risk of stroke, but now we have conclusive and comp

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  4. Drinking on the Rise Among U.S. Women

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Problem drinking among women in the U.S. is on the rise, a new study shows. Women are catching up to men when it comes to how much and how often they drink alcohol. As a result, they are increasingly at risk for developing alcohol problems. What's more, men and women who were born

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  5. Many Don't Tell Their Doctor They Feel Depressed

    Sept. 13, 2011 -- More than two-fifths of adults may not tell their doctor that they have been feeling depressed, according to a survey. The reasons vary, but many are concerned that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant that they don't want to take. Other reasons include the belief that it

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  6. Illegal Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- The use of illicit drugs and the nonmedical use of prescription medications is increasing, and this is largely driven by an increased rate of marijuana use, a survey shows. The survey on drug use was released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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  7. 'Bath Salts' Used to Get High Are Now Illegal

    Sept. 8, 2011 - Bath salts -- dangerous drugs sold with a wink to people seeking a "legal high" -- will soon be illegal to possess or sell in the U.S. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has invoked its emergency authority "necessary to protect the public from the imminent hazard posed by

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  8. School Shooting Study Shows Genetic Links to PTSD

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- A study of college students before and after a campus shooting has helped to pinpoint genes that may influence whether or not a person will develop lasting psychological problems after trauma. In 2008, Holly Orcutt, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Northern Illinois Univ

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  9. Seizures in Vets Often Misdiagnosed

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- Seizures or attacks caused by psychological issues may be especially difficult to diagnose in veterans, according to a new study. Researchers found veterans with these seizures, called psychogenic or non-epileptic seizures, often wait many years longer than civilians for proper diag

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  10. Risk for Mental Illness Varies by Gender

    Aug. 23, 2011 -- Women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety, while men are at greater risk for substance abuse and antisocial disorders, according to a new study examining gender differences in rates of mental illnesses. The gender differences may be related to how the sexes d

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