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Depression Rises With Bad Work Environment

By Margarita Nahapetyan People who work in a stressful work environment with a poor team spirit are at an increased risk of developing depression and being prescribed antidepressants, says a new report published this week in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Depression is one of the major factors that affects our society. It is a psychological disorder that changes a person's perception internally, affecting his phy

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Parental Depression Can Affect Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children of parents who are depressed can experience very serious social and emotional problems, revealed the Growing up in Ireland report, noting that the parent-child relationship has greater impact on children's psychological well-being than family income or its structure. The study on how families matter for children's social and emotional well being has revealed that the gap between the health of kids from

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Are You Sad? Good For Your Health!

By Margarita Nahapetyan Depression and sadness are good for us, according to the scientists, who say that taking medication in order to fight stress and depression, as if they were physical diseases, prevents us from facing our miserable side and takes away the motivation to change our lives for the better. Researchers, led by Professor Jerome Wakefield of New York University, have come to the conclusion that sadness can leave people

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Excerpted from Healing Anxiety And Depression By Daniel G. Amen, M.D., Lisa C. Routh, M.D. The turkey is roasting in the oven, the fall days have grown crisp with the first hint of winter, and everyone is excitedly waiting for Thanksgiving guests to arrive for dinner-everyone except those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD are not energized by the Indian summer days of fall and do not look forward to the holiday season with joyful anticipa

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Genetic Influences in Some Depressions

Excerpted from When a Parent is Depressed: How to Protect Your Children from the Effects of Depression in the Family By William R. Beardslee, M.D. When you think of risk factors for depression, it may be genetics that first leaps to mind. The fact remains, however, that there is no strict genetic determinant for the vast majority of depressions. To date, no single gene has been identified for the transmission of depression. In those instances in

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Postpartum Depression - Overnight Sensation

Excerpted from Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression By Marie Osmond, Marcia Wilkie, Judith Moore, M.D. Entertainers who are described as "overnight sensations" have one thing in common: Their success was anywhere between five and twenty-five years in the making. They become the current sensation because they were able to take a talent and refine it into a craft with years and years of practice. In "Something Good," a song from The Sound of Music, th

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Depression Among Black Men - Finding Help and Reasons to Hope

Excerpted from Standing In the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men By John Head I've never considered myself a violent person. I'm slow to anger and sparing in shows of emotion of any kind. But at that moment, standing there on the sidewalk, I felt a white-hot rage. I saw the world bathed in that are light intensity. I wanted to kill the guy. He smirked, got into his car, and drove away. I stood there still thinking that I wanted to kill him, a

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Depression - It Takes One to Know One

Excerpted from On the Edge of Darkness: America's Most Celebrated Actors, Journalists and Politicians Chronicle Their Most Arduous Journey By Kathy Cronkite I have known Mike Wallace and his family all my life. Even when I was young, he was one of those rare grown-ups who seemed to take me seriously. Still, I never dreamed that as an adult, I would interview him, one professional to another. I was honored that he would be so candid with me and was struck by similarities

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FAQ: Depression and Manic-Depressive Illness

Excerpted from How to Cope with Depression By Raymond Depaulo, Jr., M.D. Should I stop my medication as soon as I think the depression has lifted? Absolutely not. Antidepressants may relieve the symptoms of depression while the illness runs its course over months or years. Stopping medication prematurely could cause a relapse; discontinuing it should be done only with the close guidance of your physician. Do I need to st

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Change Your Thinking - Control Your Depression

Excerpted from Getting Your Life Back: The Complete Guide to Recovery from Depression By Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D. Do you have worries that stream through your mind and make it hard for you to feel good or to relax? Are you the type of person who puts yourself down? Do you tend to dwell on the negatives in your life? Are you more pessimistic than you would like to be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Thinking Key could g

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The Power of Qi. Acupuncture Directly Affects the Emotional Brain

Excerpted from Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy By David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. Like two people who are meant to be friends but who do not realize it the first time they meet, during my first encounter with acupuncture, I missed my chance. I was still a medical student in Paris in the early 1980s, before I went to the United States to continue my training. One of my professors at the time was ju

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Antidepressants Can Delay Breastfeeding

By Margarita Nahapetyan New moms who take commonly used forms of antidepressant drugs may delay the postpartum production of breast milk and may need extra support to breastfeed, a new research finds. Many women, and particularly those who are known as primiparous, are more vulnerable to experience difficulty with early breastfeeding as milk secretion is delayed beyond 72 hours among them. These moms are also at risk of the early cess

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Antidepressant Withdrawal and Dependence

Excerpted from The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence and Addiction By Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. When patients switch from one SSRI or SNRI to another antidepressant in the same class, they may not experience withdrawal symptoms. The new antidepressant may protect against withdrawal from the old one because they are in the same class. However, this is not the case if one switches to an antidepressant in

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Why Depressed People Eat More Chocolate?

By Margarita Nahapetyan Individuals who suffer from depression tend to consume more chocolate than their non-depressed counterparts, and the amount of the creamy goodness increases with the severity of the condition, reports a new University of California study. The study results confirm long-held suspicions that eating chocolate is something that people do when they are feeling depressed, said Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a professor of medi

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Botox Fights Depression And Makes You Feel Happier

By Margarita Nahapetyan Psychologists suggest that Botox anti-wrinkle treatment is not just an elixir of youth, but it also can make people feel less depressed and more happy. The experts believe that the effect of the Botulinum Toxin A - or Botox - by paralyzing the facial muscles that cause frowning, prevents individuals from physically expressing negative emotions and, actually makes them feel much happier. Previous studies have sh

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Moodswing - Dr. Fieve on Depression

Excerpted from Moodswing - Dr. Fieve on Depression: The Eminent Psychiatrist Who Pioneered the Use of Lithium in America Reveals a Revolutionary New Way to Prevent Depression By Ronald R. Fieve, M.D. When I wrote the first edition of Moodswumg, it was to tell the story of my search for antidepressant treatments for those suffering from manic and suicidal feelings and of the breakthrough that my use of lithium achieved. In the years since M

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Teen Exposure To TV Leads To Depression

By Margarita Nahapetyan Teenagers who are greatly exposed to TV and other electronic media, highly raise the risk of developing depression in young adulthood, especially men, according to a new U.S study. Dr. Brian A. Primack, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his colleagues conducted a study, which began in 1995, and analyzed the television viewing habits of 4,100 healthy adolescents. The participants were asked

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Exercise Fights Depression Better Than Drugs

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been known for many years that a good moderate exercise can lead to an increased productivity and improved mood. Now, according to a new U.S. study, as far as mood boosting abilities of physical activity are concerned, they are actually much longer lasting than it was thought before, improving mood even 12 hours after the workout. To come up with this conclusion, scientists at the University of Vermont h

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Latest Study On Antidepressant Use

By Margarita Nahapetyan The Women's Health Australia study has revealed that one in five young Aussie women have been diagnosed with depression. Almost 18 per cent of the young women have reported higher rates of depression compared to 13 per cent in the age of 53 to 58 and 10 per cent in women between 79 to 84 years of age. All of them were told by a doctor that they are in a worse mental health than their mothers or grandmothers, and all of them have been t

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Salt - An Addictive Antidepressant

By Margarita Nahapetyan Salt is a natural antidepressant and helps people to improve their mood - this way scientists are explaining why Americans tend to consume too much of it. University of Iowa psychologist Kim Johnson and colleagues, performed series of tests on rats, and found that when the animals are deficient in sodium chloride, common table salt, they experience no pleasure in things they normally enjoy, like drinking a suga

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Depression - Our Intricate Brains

Excerpted from The Chemistry of Joy : A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom By Henry Emmons, M.D. Of course, the idea of the tank is only a metaphor. But our brains really do require baseline levels of certain biochemicals to function properly. And when these levels get too low, or when our brains contain the wrong proportions of these chemicals, we often experience depression, anxiety, and even the urge to suicide.

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Acupuncture Improves Pregnancy Depression

By Margarita Nahapetyan Acupuncture may be a very helpful drug-free alternative for treatment of depression during and after pregnancy. According to the scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine, pregnant women with depression, also known as 'antenatal depression', showed a significant improvement in their symptoms after having acupuncture sessions. Nearly 14 per cent of future mothers are thought to experience major depres

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New Help for Depression, Anxiety and Addiction

Excerpted from New Help for Depression, Anxiety and Addiction By Colette Dowling "I Wish There Were a Pill" In the late sixties, my husband, Ed, and I and our three small children were living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The neighborhood we lived in attracted writers, actors, and musicians. As a community, we prided ourselves on political consciousness, on caring about those less privileged than ourselves. We worried that our own lives w

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What is Depression?

Excerpted from The Truth About Depression: Choices for Healing By Charles L. Whitfield, M.D. Diagnosis Medawar asked, "If DSM-IV were a fishing net... what mesh size should be used to catch depressed fish but not others?" He answers, "The mesh has been getting smaller over the years, but is this a good or bad thing?" Since its first edition in 1952, the DSM has contributed to helping legitimize a dramatic increase in drug use among so-called "me

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Pregnancy Depression Linked To Teens' Violent Behavior

By Margarita Nahapetyan Children whose mothers experienced depression during pregnancy are four times more likely to become aggressive, anti-social and violent later in life, reveals a long-term child development study. The new study from the United Kingdom also says that the depressed moms-to-be were likely to be aggressive in their own teen years, and therefore the experts believe that there is some biological link to this phenomeno

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