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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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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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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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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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