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Sleep disorder multiplies depression riskupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 07:26:00

People with sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that causes frequent sleep disturbances, often feel tired and unfocused during the day. But that may not be the only fallout: New research suggests the disorder also dramatically increases the risk of depression.

Coffee may lower risk of depressionupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 07:26:00

A study from Harvard University shows coffee may help reduce depression over the long term, especially for women.

Violent warlord video goes viralupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:50:00

An independent filmmaker teams up with 'Anonymous' in an effort to bring Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice.

Expert: Did 'Kony' director have 'manic episode?'updated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:50:00

Modern medicine is very good at some things, and really lousy at others. As I wrote in a blog last week, psychiatry is no different in this regard.

Should grief be treated like depression? updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 23:20:00

I am starting to think that there are no answers to the issues most worth writing about, at least in psychiatry.

Are mood swings a sign of depression?updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:52:00

I would like to know what you recommend for a person that believes he or she is suffering from depression. There are mood swings, and extreme sleeping, and just thoughts of being lonely, and that no one cares. Is this depression?

Can omega-3 fatty acids help prevent depression?updated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:14:00

I just read something on the Internet that omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent depression. Is there any truth to this?

Is it OK to take antidepressants while breast-feeding?updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 09:59:00

I recently had my first baby and just learned I have OCD. My doctor put me on a very low dose of antidepressant and my symptoms are much better. I am breast-feeding my son and don't want to use formula but am worried about side effects. What problems should I look for?

Will my daughter ever recover her mental health?updated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:44:00

My 18-year-old daughter has been repeatedly hospitalized. There is a definitive family history of bipolar disorder on the paternal side. She has OCD behaviors and much of her conversational speech is off-topic and inappropriate. The medical team is unable to stabilize her. She was recently found to have schizoaffective disorder. Will she ever be functional?

For women, risk of depression falls as coffee intake risesupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:42:00

A few cups of coffee a day may help keep the blues at bay. According to a large new study, women who drink caffeinated coffee are less likely to become depressed -- and the more they drink, the more their risk of depression goes down.

Depression increases risk of stroke, study saysupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 17:16:00

People with depression are more likely to have a stroke than their mentally healthy peers, and their strokes are more likely to be fatal, according to a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Can a 9- or 10-year-old be bipolar?updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 11:04:00

Can a 9- or 10-year-old get a true diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

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?

Will my baby inherit bipolar disorder?updated: Tue May 10 2011 11:48:00

I am five months pregnant, and it has been great. My mother-in-law has bipolar disorder and is clinically depressed. I wonder if there will be a slight chance that my baby will get that from her? My husband has been emotionally taking care his mother since he was 10 and can't seem to help.

How can I make my mom understand my bipolar disorder?updated: Tue May 03 2011 18:39:00

I have bipolar disorder type 2. My mood is almost always influenced by the season and this winter I went through one of the worst depressive episodes I have ever experienced. When I mustered up the courage to tell my mom that I felt trapped and that I was desperate for help, she dismissed my symptoms as "something every teenager goes through" and that things will get better. She keeps telling me that everyone is depressed once in a while and that's just how life is. I'm better now, but I'm constantly scared about the next depressive episode I'll have to go through. It's been about three years since my diagnosis, and I think my mom has been in denial ever since. I've tried my best to convince her that this isn't normal but she refuses to see the truth. Even when I attempted suicide about a year ago, she lectured me about how selfish I was being and refused to even consider hospitalization or medication. How do you convince an unsympathetic parent that you need help?

Long-term use of bipolar drug questionedupdated: Tue May 03 2011 18:18:00

The growing use of a popular drug in the long-term treatment of bipolar disorder is based largely on a single, flawed clinical trial that may be steering doctors and patients away from drugs with a more established track record, a new review published this week in the journal "PLoS Medicine" suggests.

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? Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar Disorder: Her Private Struggleupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 13:17:00

The actress has had "a stressful year," says a friend as the star seeks treatment

Zeta-Jones treated for bipolar disorderupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:33:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked into a mental health facility for treatment of a less-severe form of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is not just one diseaseupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:33:00

Although the symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary significantly from person to person, mental health professionals have identified four main subtypes of the illness that together are referred to as bipolar spectrum disorders: bipolar I, bipolar II, bipolar not otherwise specified, and cyclothymia.

U.S. has highest bipolar rate in 11-nation studyupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 16:00:00

About 2.4% of people around the world have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the first comprehensive international figures on the topic.

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.

If you have S.A.D., you're hibernatingupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 10:42:00

"Ask the Doc" explores seasonal affective disorder and finds that many artists,poets and composers have the disorder.

SAD: When seasons change how you feelupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 10:42:00

By 10 a.m. every day during the winters, Rachelle Strauss felt like she could go back to bed. She used to be a morning person, but that all changed about 10 years ago when she started to feel exhausted as the darkest days dragged on.

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?

Are mood swings, extreme sleeping signs of depression?updated: Tue Dec 07 2010 08:39:00

I would like to know what you recommend for a person that believes he or she is suffering from depression. There are mood swings, and extreme sleeping, and just thoughts of being lonely, and that no one cares. Is this depression?

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.

Will I need to stay on my depression meds forever?updated: Tue Oct 19 2010 10:26:00

NOTE: This expert answer was originally published on December 8, 2009

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.

Children with ADHD at risk for depressionupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 16:29:00

Young children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are roughly four times more likely than their peers to become depressed or attempt suicide in later childhood, a new study suggests.

Are you secretly sad?updated: Wed Sep 29 2010 08:42:00

At some point, they were happy; they had moments of joy. And then, one molecule at a time, the happiness went away.

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.

Back to school with bipolar? How college can unleash maniaupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 08:16:00

The rituals of college -- making new friends, studying until dawn, excessive partying -- can stress out any young adult. But students with bipolar disorder, or those at risk for the condition, are even more vulnerable in a college environment.

Growing up bipolar: 'Nobody was on my side'updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 10:36:00

Jennifer Konjoian was 10 years old when she put a plastic bag over her head. She remembers doing it impulsively, for no other reason than to get attention.

Are mood swings a sign of depression?updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 08:35:00

Is it possible to have mood swings where one moment you are happy, then the next you can be sad? Is this a sign of depression? I do also have ADD as well but currently am not on medicine.

Why weight gain can happen with antidepressantsupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 08:33:00

Why do antidepressants cause weight gain?

What you need to know about childhood depressionupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 13:09:00

My daughter Rachel is sitting silently ten feet away from me, stroking our cat. It's a hot summer day and nearby her siblings are all splashing in our new pool. Why isn't my 11-year-old with them?

What antidepressants help serotonin syndrome sufferers?updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 08:33:00

Can you suggest alternatives for depression sufferers who have experienced serotonin syndrome? I've suffered from dysthymia and major depressive episodes for my entire life. Until recently, I controlled my depression through strenuous exercise, but returning to graduate school forced me to try antidepressants for the first time. After having adverse reactions to five different SSRIs, I was recently diagnosed with serotonin syndrome. Most of the information I've found talks about treating the syndrome itself but says nothing about what to do next.

Bipolar woman speaks on mental illnessupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 09:26:00

Michele Madonna Lindsey, a bipolar manic depressive, discusses what it takes to cope with the mental illness.

Is use of lithium common in depression?updated: Tue Jun 15 2010 09:00:00

I've received medical treatment for depression for approximately 10 years. Recently, single therapies haven't done the trick, so my doctor augmented my antidepressant with Abilify. Due to side effects, I went off that, and he prescribed lithium. I always associated lithium with bipolar disorder, which I don't have. Is lithium an approved therapy to augment an antidepressant? What other add-on therapies are possible?

Do pregnancy and bipolar disorder mix?updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:41:00

As recently as 10 years ago, doctors advised women with bipolar disorder not to have children. While that thinking is now dated, bipolar women often face tough decisions about how to handle their medication during pregnancy.

Supplements for depression: What works, what doesn'tupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:46:00

The multibillion-dollar market for dietary supplements is filled with products that claim to boost mood or improve depression. Some products are even billed as an alternative to prescription antidepressants.

Can a person 'discourage' bipolar disorder?updated: Tue Jun 08 2010 09:12:00

If a family shows a history of bipolar disorder -- in a mother and her son -- are there environmental steps the son can take to "discourage" the development of bipolar disorder in his children?

Dads get postpartum depression, tooupdated: Tue May 18 2010 12:36:00

Matthew and his wife were excited about the birth of their daughter in January 2008, and the proud father took a month off of work to spend time with his spouse and child.

What can a bipolar person do to handle stress better?updated: Tue May 18 2010 08:26:00

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 16, and I'm now 18 and it has gotten where I can't even get a job because I stress myself out so much that I can't even think straight. I've been on Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, and Seroquel but nothing has helped me get over this. I feel like every time I try to do something a switch comes on in my head, and I get in fight-or-flight mode, and I usually flee. My sleeping patterns are also irregular. If anyone has some suggestions for me I would greatly appreciate it.

iReporter talks postpartum depressionupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:43:00

Chris Loo shares an iReport of her experience with postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression: When moms feel out of controlupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:43:00

Nine years ago, Chris Loo thought about putting her newborn daughter, Becky, in a basket on the steps of a church down the street from her home, and leaving her there.

Under revised FAA rules, 'Prozac Pilot' hopes to fly againupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 12:41:00

Two years ago, in perhaps the hardest decision of his life, an Oklahoma charter jet pilot stopped flying because he was suffering from depression. Embarrassed, he kept the reasons for leaving his career hidden from all but his closest confidants.

Pilot chose Prozac over keeping jobupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 12:41:00

The FAA is changing its policy to allow pilots using anti-depressants to fly again. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

FAA: Prozac OK for pilotsupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 12:00:00

The FAA's Randy Babbitt says the agency is dropping its ban on pilots using Prozac and three other anti-depressants.

What are antidepressants' long-term effects?updated: Tue Mar 16 2010 08:52:00

What are the effects on your of health using antidepressants for 20 or so years?

Bipolar diagnosed in younger and younger patientsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 08:50:00

This week, Dr. Charles Raison offers part two of his answer to the viewer question: Can a 9- or 10-year-old be bipolar?

Part 2: How do you tell bipolar disorder, schizophrenia apart?updated: Tue Feb 09 2010 17:32:00

Are the psychoses of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia very similar? How do you tell psychotic bipolar disorder apart from schizophrenia with mood disorder? How similar are the two diseases considering that the same medicines (anti-psychotics) are beneficial to both?

Are bipolar disorder and schizophrenia very similar?updated: Tue Feb 02 2010 08:54:00

Are the psychoses of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia very similar? How do you tell psychotic bipolar disorder apart from schizophrenia with mood disorder? How similar are the two diseases considering that the same medicines (anti-psychotics) are beneficial to both?

Do antidepressants work?updated: Thu Jan 07 2010 10:01:00

A new study says that antidepressants may not have a big effect on people with mild depression. Bill Tucker reports.

Milder depression may not respond to antidepressantsupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 10:01:00

For people with milder cases of depression, fake pills may be just as effective as antidepressant drugs, a new study suggests.

Antidepressants change personality, study suggestsupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 09:41:00

People who take antidepressants such as Paxil often say they feel less stressed and more outgoing, lively, and confident. Now a new study suggests it's not just because they're less depressed.

How can I keep my depression from recurring?updated: Tue Nov 17 2009 13:26:00

It is known that people who have had a depressive episode have a high chance of experiencing a second depressive episode. It seems that people are more "sensitive" to stress/life events (kindling hypothesis). What options are available for people who had a depressive episode in the past, to avoid having a recurrence or at least lower the chances of a recurrence in the future?

Enke death: What are the roots of depression?updated: Fri Nov 13 2009 14:31:00

Robert Enke, the goalkeeper for the German national football team who killed himself on Tuesday, was suffering from depression, his widow has revealed.

New help for moms with postpartum depressionupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 09:42:00

Shortly before last Mother's Day, 28-year-old Lauren Meehan-Machos broke down in front of her startled husband. "This is more than I can handle," she sobbed.

Will I ever feel really secure in my life?updated: Tue Nov 03 2009 13:42:00

I have had a quite a few ups and downs in my life. I have had depression since I was 8 years old. (I am now 26 and was diagnosed as bipolar three years ago.) In my lifetime, I have suffered major emotional abuse and betrayals from a variety of people, not to mention rough circumstances (losing a job last year, and unstable conditions in my current job). I have now gotten to a point where I've become obsessive about money due to fears of once again becoming unemployed, and I find myself drifting away from friends because I don't feel safe being close to anyone any more. It's scary for me because I went through a major depressive episode from ages 14 to 18, and I had to fight just to keep myself alive (medication was not available for me at the time, either). I've fought so hard just to get to my current point in life, which was graduating from college and living independently. I'm just so terrified of losing everything that I've fought for and returning to those lows, but I feel like

Study: Schizophrenia drugs in kids cause weight gainupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 11:39:00

Schizophrenia drugs, increasingly prescribed to children with bipolar disorder and other conditions, can cause youngsters to experience rapid weight gain, according to a new study.

Could my child's ADHD drug be causing mood swings, aggression?updated: Tue Oct 20 2009 12:27:00

Can a stimulant medication for ADHD make the child taking it have mood swings and violent aggression?

Antidepressant use in pregnancy can affect newbornupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 15:23:00

More than one in 10 women develops depression during pregnancy. Now, a new study suggests that women who are treated with antidepressants are more likely to give birth early or to have newborns that need to spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Can keeping a routine help control bipolar symptoms?updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:29:00

I have a diagnosis of brittle bipolar disorder. Most peer-reviewed literature tells me that setting up concrete routines (daily, work, home, etc.) is a good way to help control symptoms. Is this true? Is it an important tool or just speculation? How can I work with my employer/coworkers to limit my symptoms with routines?

Can a manic episode look like a tantrum?updated: Tue Sep 22 2009 13:00:00

My friend's 20-year-old daughter has been diagnosed as bipolar. I have seen the depressive effects, but can you tell me how someone who is having a manic episode would behave? This girl yells, screams, swears, kicks the walls, uses inappropriate language to her parents and it usually happens when she is not getting her way. It looks like a temper tantrum to me.

What are the chances my future kids will be bipolar?updated: Tue Sep 15 2009 13:22:00

My boyfriend and I are discussing getting engaged and having children one day. He said he's scared to have kids. His biological grandmother and his father both have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He has no symptoms of it, but some of his siblings do. He is terrified that his children could inherit this disorder! My family has no history of it at all. Since neither of us have it, should we be worried?

How long will my postpartum depression last?updated: Tue Sep 08 2009 10:03:00

I have a 4-month-old baby. I am going through postpartum depression with a lot of anxiety and panic attacks. I went through postpartum depression with my first baby eight years ago but at that time I didn't have anxiety and I didn't take any medication. And I started getting better after 3½ months itself. But now it's been three months that I am going through this. I have been taking medications (Paxil 20 mg, Buspar 10 mg) and getting counseling but it's not helping much. I still don't feel myself and am having unwanted thoughts. How long does postpartum depression last? Is this temporary? Will this anxiety and depression ever go away? Should I stop the medications and try it on my own? Does exercise help to get out of the depression? Will I ever be normal like I was before?

Is my daughter's violent reaction to a drug an allergy?updated: Tue Aug 18 2009 12:19:00

My daughter was treated for anxiety with Zoloft around a year ago. However, her school reported alarming, violent behavior (she never had that before), and we stopped it after only a week. I always understood this to be an "adverse effect," but a nurse today told me it was an allergy. An allergy means she should never take it again, but an adverse effect could be grown out of, and doesn't rule out similar drugs. Was the nurse just dumbing things down, or was she correct?

Antidepressants, not sleep drugs, often prescribed for insomniaupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 17:51:00

Insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep, can make the days feel fuzzy and the nights never-ending.

Are you at risk for postpartum mood disorder?updated: Fri Jul 31 2009 16:19:00

When Holly Betten, 28, came home from the hospital after a rough delivery, she had one day to adjust to her new life as a mom before her husband went back to working 12-hour days as a computer-software architect.

Are you at risk for depression? A quick family history could tellupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 10:48:00

If you're feeling down, it can be hard to tell if you're experiencing a temporary case of the blues or a serious depression. Now a group of researchers say there's a relatively easy way to figure out whether some young adults are at greater risk of psychiatric problems or drug abuse -- just ask about their family.

How can I manage bipolar disorder if I can't afford meds?updated: Mon Jul 06 2009 16:23:00

I have phase II bipolar and cannot afford the necessary drugs. I'm dealing with this alone, which as you may know is tough. Are there any tips you can give in management of my disorder?

Less sun, more depression for people with SADupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 03:56:00

Douglas Cootey is replacing his lightbulbs with brighter ones, but not just to see better. The new broad spectrum lights simulate sunlight, and might help enliven his mood in the gloomy winter months.

Experts ponder link between creativity, mood disordersupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 15:04:00

The works of David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide September 12, are famous for their obsessively observed detail and emotional nuance.

How do you fight depression after injury, job loss?updated: Tue Mar 10 2009 11:40:00

I suffered a career-ending injury in the past and now have further health issues related to that incident. How do you keep from going into a deep depression when you lost your job, have undergone 12 surgical procedures and almost three years of rehab since 2002? I have battled depression, lack of self-worth and confidence.

When a parent is bipolar, kids are at risk tooupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 17:01:00

Children and teens who have a parent with bipolar disorder are 14 times more likely than their peers to have bipolar-like symptoms themselves, and are two to three times more likely to be found to have an anxiety or mood disorder, such as depression, according to a report in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

How can I find an antidepressant that works?updated: Tue Feb 24 2009 09:38:00

I have been treated for depression since I was 8, and I am now 30. I have tried numerous medications along with a ton of therapy. I am also a recovering alcoholic who is working the AA program. My problem lies in the fact that I am extremely sensitive to medications and of the 30+, I still have yet to find something that actually works. Lexapro seemed to work for a while, but I changed due to the sexual side effects being a problem. When I tried to restart taking it, I was overcome with anxiety. I was also taking 50mg of Serzone if that makes any difference. I am currently taking Prozac-5mg, Serzone -50mg, and Klonopin as needed (reluctantly, I might add). I am hesitant to try electroconvulsive treatment, but I am at a point where I am desperate. The depression interferes with every aspect of my life and makes it difficult to fully live. I feel as if I am merely surviving in this world. I don't know what else I can do. Do you have ANY suggestions? I have a great therapist, doctor and

Study suggests Zoloft, Lexapro tops for treating depressionupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 10:01:00

All antidepressant drugs are not created equal, according to the authors of one of the few studies that have ever systematically analyzed and compared "new generation" medicines for treating depression.

Is it OK to take antidepressants while pregnant?updated: Tue Jan 20 2009 13:30:00

Is it OK to take antidepressants while pregnant?

What besides medicine can help depression?updated: Tue Jan 13 2009 08:40:00

I am 29 and have been suffering from depression for more than 10 years. It started with losing my virginity in an unpleasant situation, and continues through my mother's battles with severe depression, alcoholism and drug abuse. I have also lost two grandparents to slow, declining dementia. I have tried talk therapy but didn't find it to be very useful. I walk 20 miles a week, try to eat well and maintain social relationships.

Has Cymbalta produced aggression?updated: Tue Dec 23 2008 11:29:00

Has Cymbalta antidepressant caused any aggression problems such as those alleged for Prozac?

Does jolting the brain fight deep depression?updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 13:01:00

Long-term outcome research indicates that deep brain stimulation holds promise for the treatment of intractable major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, a frequent companion illness. The technique targets a specific node in the cerebral cortex. When that one region is stimulated, the effects spread throughout the frontal lobe of the brain.

Why do my antidepressants make me feel loopy?updated: Mon Dec 15 2008 16:05:00

I've been on different depression meds. They make me feel loopy. I have disscussed it with my doctor. He says that it's something that I must live with. Now I'm off all meds and feel great but I can feel the symptoms coming back. What could I do without having to go back on the meds? I just don't like the loopiness.

Can I heal from bipolar?updated: Mon Dec 15 2008 15:57:00

I have suffered from bipolar depression for five years. I am taking medication and worked with a specialist for three years. My question is, can one ever grow out of or heal from this affliction?

Can you become 'immune' to an antidepressant?updated: Mon Dec 15 2008 11:49:00

I have been taking Zoloft for a few years now and it does not seem to work as well these days, even with a dosage increase. My question is: Can you become immune to antidepressants after a while?

Depression during pregnancy doubles risk of preterm birthupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 13:31:00

Depressed moms-to-be are more likely than nondepressed women to have a preterm birth, and the worse their mood, the greater their risk, says a new study published in Human Reproduction. In fact, women in the study who were severely depressed during early pregnancy more than doubled their risk of giving birth to premature babies.

Male postpartum depressionupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 12:53:00

Experts say many new dads suffer from a form of postpartum depression as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

New dads can get postpartum depression, tooupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 12:53:00

Rob Sandler comforted his infant son as he lifted him out of the crib, cooing in his ear while he walked to the living room.

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