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It's long been known that elderly people are more prone to depression and other mental-health problems if they live on their own. New research suggests the same pattern may also be found in younger, working-age adults.

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How can I move on after son's death?updated: Tue Oct 18 2011 09:57:00

My baby boy died January 12, and my life has been a nightmare ever since. I have tried therapy, and I have been prescribed different antidepressants and nothing seems to help. I'm told I have post-traumatic stress disorder due to the nature of his death. Is there any natural alternative? Are there any other options out there, be it holistic or medicinal? How long does the grief last? I want to feel better for the sake of my other kids, but I just feel worse.

Will ketamine help depression?updated: Tue Sep 27 2011 09:34:00

Is ketamine IV promising for medicating resistant depression? What are the possible side effects?

What's the next step in fighting depression?updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:12:00

I have had depression for almost seven years. I saw a psychiatrist and therapist for eight months, two years ago; it made me feel worse. I started to see another psychiatrist and therapist last November; it only mildly helped. I tried Prozac first, but when the dosage increased, I started to have hallucinations and delusions. I was then prescribed Celexa (disrupted my sleep greatly) and then Cymbalta, which showed no change. I also was given several sleep medications. Medications just do not seem to work; they all have side effects. I just moved and have not found more doctors here. My depression and sleep problems seem to get worse with every day. What should my next step be?

How can I control my panic attacks?updated: Tue Aug 30 2011 10:24:00

I've been having a lot of panic attacks, almost every day; sometimes when I'm working, dealing with the kids or just nothing at all. I'll get shortness of breath, chest hurts on both sides or just one side, and a lot of my heart skipping a beat. And it scares me. I'm 29 years old and in good health. How can I control this?

Soy no help for bone loss, hot flashesupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 17:41:00

Middle-aged women searching for a safe alternative to hormone therapy to prevent bone loss and ease the symptoms of menopause are in for another letdown.

Is it OK to be on antidepressants for years?updated: Tue Jul 26 2011 12:01:00

Is it dangerous to be on an antidepressant for several years?

What causes autism?updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 09:22:00

A new study suggests environmental factors may play a larger role in triggering autism than was previously thought.

Antidepressant use in pregnancy may raise autism riskupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 09:22:00

Children whose mothers take Zoloft, Prozac, or similar antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely as other children to have a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder, according to a small new study, the first to examine the relationship between antidepressants and autism risk.

Can depression cause inability to focus?updated: Tue Jun 21 2011 10:13:00

I am a college student, recently diagnosed with depression, and am taking steps to figure out if I have ADHD because of a tremendous inability to focus and retain information. It is almost like, when I'm trying to focus on something someone says, it slips right through me like water. I am curious to know what prospects I have of gaining my cognitive abilities back if I start taking Lexapro or other antidepressants. If these are going to impair my ability to concentrate and focus even more, then I am not sure how to weigh the cost-benefits of taking them, because I am in school. In short, are antidepressants more helpful or hurtful to my cognitive functions? Can I look forward to reversing the concentration and memory retention problems I am currently undergoing?

How can I safely wean off an antidepressant?updated: Tue May 31 2011 07:32:00

What is the best and safest way to wean yourself off of an antidepressant drug such as Zoloft?

Is my antidepressant use risky to my future kids?updated: Tue Apr 19 2011 12:48:00

I am a 21-year-old female set to graduate from college in May. I have been taking antidepressants since roughly my senior year of high school, so approximately four or five years. I have been on Xanax, Cymbalta, Effexor, Paxil and Wellbutrin. I am currently taking only the Paxil and Wellbutrin together (in conjunction with birth control pills, which I have been on since my freshman year of college). I just read your answer about the effectiveness and safety of taking antidepressants long term, and my question is this: Since I am fairly young, and may be taking antidepressants for several years, how do I transition when I marry and decide to have children? I know that Paxil can result in serious birth defects, but it is working very well for me. What would I do instead?

Is it OK to stay on antidepressants long term?updated: Tue Mar 01 2011 10:18:00

I have a family history of mental illness. Three of my siblings have schizoaffective disorder (one recently told by a doctor that it may be bipolar with hallucinatory symptoms). I have dealt with mild to moderate depression for over 10 years with a few episodes of major depression in that time. About three months ago, I began taking Lexapro even though I have always wondered whether doing so might aggravate an underlying genetic illness. I feel much better on this medication, and do not have a history of mania or hallucinations. (I am a 31-year-old female, and take 10mg of Lexapro a day).

Can antidepressants jump-start bipolar disorder?updated: Tue Feb 22 2011 09:00:00

I had an untreated health issue for a couple of years that threw me into a mild depression. I have a mother and brother who are bipolar and one of the things my therapist told me is that studies show that if you go on an antidepressant and there is a history of bipolar in your family that this can sometimes "kick in" the bipolar. I am lucky and was able to get past my depression with therapy, exercise, etc. I was just wondering what your thoughts were.

What is the antidepressant called Emsam?updated: Tue Feb 15 2011 10:09:00

I am a 26-year-old female. I have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety. The doctor gave me samples of a transdermal patch called Emsam. What can you tell me about the medicine and possible side effects?

Antidepressant may cool hot flashesupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 16:31:00

The antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) may reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes, the bouts of sweating and overheating that are an uncomfortable fact of life for many menopausal women, a new government-funded study suggests.

Does depression mean I'll be on meds for life?updated: Tue Jan 18 2011 12:10:00

I was recently scared by someone who told me that they have a depression that has "no cure," meaning they have to be on medication for life. This scared me because I am currently going through a depression and I DO NOT wish to take any medication.

On antidepressants, why the jaw pain?updated: Tue Dec 28 2010 09:45:00

I have been on antidepressants for many years and have taken almost every kind of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. One side effect I developed is temporomandibular joint disease symptoms and tinnitus. I also recently have been diagnosed with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. All of these medications aggravate my TMJ. The only medication that has helped me in the past is Valium. I am now taking clonazepam with less effectiveness. How common are TMJ symptoms and tinnitus with both of these medications? Any suggestions on how can I get relief for my jaw pain and ringing in my ears?

Could emotional withdrawal be side effect of new med?updated: Tue Nov 23 2010 09:00:00

My daughter started taking Zoloft for anxiety two weeks ago and since then, she has gone from talking to me every day to not speaking to me for days. We were very close, and now she gives me the cold shoulder. Her response is she doesn't want to talk and she is depressed. She has more or less cut herself off from her family. Is this a side effect?

Depressed? It may boost your diabetes riskupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 16:19:00

Diabetes and depression often occur together, but it's always been a chicken-or-egg scenario. Does diabetes make people depressed or are depressed people more likely to develop diabetes? Now a large new study suggests it's both.

Can antidepressants raise liver enzymes?updated: Tue Oct 05 2010 08:21:00

How do I help my daughter who has a diagnosis of bipolar and each time the doctors put her on an antidepressant, her liver counts go up and she goes into mania? This happens when the liver levels rise. It takes at least two weeks to cycle through.

Jon Hamm struggled with depressionupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 18:02:00

He now plays the dapper, suave Don Draper in Mad Men, so it's hard to picture Jon Hamm battling chronic depression, relying on antidepressants and therapy to beat the illness. But that's just what he did. How Jon Hamm Struggled with Depressionupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 15:08:00

Helped by friends, therapy and antidepressants, the star beat chronic depression after his father's death

How can I stop using Paxil without the side effects?updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 08:42:00

I have been taking 10 mg of Paxil for nine years. I would like to get off of it but have heard of the many side effects associated with stopping it. Brain "buzzes" and various other frightening possibilities.

Depression in the workplace: don't ask, don't tell?updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 08:54:00

By all appearances Sandy was successful and content. At 30 years old, she was in a senior position at a major media company in Boston -- and she was a happily married new mom to boot. But her life was less charmed than it seemed.

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