A study from Harvard University shows coffee may help reduce depression over the long term, especially for women.
I am starting to think that there are no answers to the issues most worth writing about, at least in psychiatry.
Depressed people are often withdrawn and antisocial. This doesn't necessarily mean that they don't like other people, but it could mean that their brains don't process feelings of hate in a normal way, a new study suggests.
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.
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.
A new study suggests environmental factors may play a larger role in triggering autism than was previously thought.
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.
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?
What is the best and safest way to wean yourself off of an antidepressant drug such as Zoloft?
You know spring has sprung when hundreds of people daily turn to Twitter to vent about their itchy eyes, dripping nose and uncontrollable sneezing and coughing. And if it's not obvious that allergies can ruin a person's day, watch how many tweets go by that use "allergies" and the f-word in the same sentence.
"When I had my first daughter, I thought I'd be ecstatic, but I wasn't," Peggy Tanous tells PEOPLE
I have a stainless steel shoulder joint that causes me constant chronic pain. I've also had a small stroke, prostate and skin cancer that required three surgeries and I have two stents in my heart. All of this caused me to have depression and anxiety attacks. One doctor had me on Cymbalta and Xanax, but they didn't help. A different doctor put me on Wellbutrin 150 mg. and Zoloft a month later. For the next six months I felt better than I had for about eight years, but now the depression and anxiety issues are coming back. I most likely need a change in my medication or an adjustment in dosage. What is your advice? I am a 65-year-old retired man who rarely leaves my house and has trouble sleeping.
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.
Women who take fish-oil supplements during pregnancy are just as likely to experience postpartum depression as those who don't, and their babies' minds don't appear to develop more quickly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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.
Dr. Greg Couser, M.D., is the medical director of the employee assistance program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also holds a handful of other titles, including two that begin with director or assistant director. Needless to say, his job is demanding, but he typically doesn't get too stressed out. Why?
At some point, they were happy; they had moments of joy. And then, one molecule at a time, the happiness went away.
To treat depression, what remedy do you suggest other than antidepressants? I'm taking 200mg of Zoloft, but I feel just as depressed as I did two years ago. My sex drive has virtually ended. Is there not another way to treat depression? Possibly talk therapy once or twice a week?
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?
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.
Michele Madonna Lindsey, a bipolar manic depressive, discusses what it takes to cope with the mental illness.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Loo shares an iReport of her experience with postpartum depression.
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.
The FAA is changing its policy to allow pilots using anti-depressants to fly again. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
The FAA's Randy Babbitt says the agency is dropping its ban on pilots using Prozac and three other anti-depressants.
The Federal Aviation Administration is changing a generations-old policy banning pilots from taking antidepressants, saying the new policy will improve safety by bringing to the surface pilots who either ignore signs of depression or lie about their use of medication for fear of losing their licenses to fly.
I was wondering where I would find information on how pot affects depression and bipolar disorder. I have looked at various sites on the Internet and found that the topic is rarely talked about by a doctor. And when it is, they mention chronic use. What is chronic use, and what is the opinion of workers in the mental heath field?
What are the effects on your of health using antidepressants for 20 or so years?
A new study says that antidepressants may not have a big effect on people with mild depression. Bill Tucker reports.
For people with milder cases of depression, fake pills may be just as effective as antidepressant drugs, a new study suggests.
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.
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?
Robert Enke, the goalkeeper for the German national football team who killed himself on Tuesday, was suffering from depression, his widow has revealed.
My mom died nine months ago, and two days later, I gave birth to my daughter (she was full term, actually late, and completely healthy). I have been struggling with depression and all sorts of other medical problems since my mom passed. I cannot seem to get past crying over my mom. I cried all the time. We were very close, and losing her has been very hard. At the time, my husband was in Iraq, so I was dealing with a newborn by myself, as well as the loss of my best friend, my mom.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Twins? Triplets? Octuplets? Sounds like a lot of stress to handle more than one baby at once.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experts say many new dads suffer from a form of postpartum depression as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
A friend says the musician will stand by his ex as she is treated for depression
The actress "requested an in-depth evaluation of her medication," her rep says
Consultations: TIME asks a prominent bioethicist whether antidepressants should be more widely available
A new report shows teens who use marijuana are at a higher risk for depression and mental illness.
Imagine what a pacemaker does to your heart: Its electrical impulses regulate a heartbeat that's out of whack.
An imprisoned killer who was 12 years old when he committed a double murder, and then was given a 30-year sentence, was denied a hearing by the Supreme Court Monday.
The likes of Prozac and Paxil have little impact on most patients, according to a new study
Court TV talked with Dr. Joseph Deltito, professor of psychiatry from New York Medical College, who discussed the Andrea Yates case February 28, 2002, in an online chat.
Students will learn about the causes and symptoms of depression and how it is treated. Also, students will examine how to respond to someone who is depressed or expressing suicidal thoughts.
When the days start getting shorter and colder, and the nights longer and darker, many people start to suffer from winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) We outline some strategies for dealing with those winter blues.
Newborns face little risk of birth defects from antidepressants taken by many women early in pregnancy, say the reassuring findings of the two biggest studies of this controversial link
As Big Pharma's pipeline for blockbuster drugs slows, med tech giants are helping to fill the gap with devices that treat everything from migraines to severe depression.
Millions of Americans have gotten used to popping pills for depression, but the antidepressant of the future might be a machine that pulses magnetic waves through the brain.
Antidepressant drugs need warnings that they may raise the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in adults up to age 25, a U.S. advisory panel said Wednesday.
A leading group of women's doctors called Wednesday for closer consultations with pregnant women using anti-depressants, particularly singling out one of the medicines -- paroxetine or Paxil -- as a risk for birth defects.
GlaxoSmithKline added the increased risk of suicide for young adults to its Paxil label this week, but the antidepressant is past its prime in terms of sales so it's unlikely to hurt the drugmaker.
Eli Lilly & Co. sued Barr Pharmaceuticals, a maker of generic drugs, for patent infringement over the antidepressant Prozac Weekly, said the companies on Thursday.
Zoloft, the antidepressant with the household name, is going off patent this summer, forcing Pfizer to bid adieu to billions of dollars in annual sales.
If you're depressed, at least you're not lonely; about 19 million adult Americans suffer from clinical depression, according to the National Institutes of Health.
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A case wending its way through the courts could put antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft under an even bigger cloud -- and cost their makers even more money.
Drugmakers rue the day when patents expire on blockbuster products, but some companies have found ways to relieve the pain of patent loss and wring more sales out of name brands.
A judge sentenced a 15-year-old boy Tuesday to 30 years in prison for killing his grandparents after jurors rejected defense arguments that taking the antidepressant Zoloft drove the youth to kill.
A jury began deliberations Monday afternoon in the trial of Chris Pittman, 15, who is being tried as an adult in the shotgun slayings of his grandparents.
A clinical psychologist who talked with 12-year-old Christopher Pittman the day after he was arrested on charges of killing his grandparents testified Friday the boy told him, "They asked for it."
A state psychiatrist who began seeing 12-year-old Christopher Pittman two weeks after he shot and killed his grandparents testified Thursday that the now-15 year old knew what he was doing was wrong.
The Food and Drug Administration has backed off its warning that antidepressants such as Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac can cause suicidal actions among children and teens taking those prescription drugs.
A child psychiatrist testified Tuesday that Christopher Pittman's behavior was so bizarre the night he shot and killed his grandparents that the boy was psychotic and not responsible for what he did in her opinion.
When he was 12 years old, Christopher Pittman killed his beloved grandparents -- first shooting them with a shotgun, and then setting the house on fire, as he fled. Afterward, Pittman confessed to the crimes.
A psychiatrist testified Friday that he believes the antidepressant drug Zoloft could have prompted a boy to kill his grandparents three years ago.
A psychiatrist testified Thursday that the voice that a then-12-year-old boy heard in his head telling him to kill his grandparents was his own.
A family doctor testified Wednesday that a teenager was taking a starter dose of the antidepressant Zoloft when the boy shot his grandparents to death.
A South Carolina boy who shotgunned his grandparents to death and burned down their house told police they "deserved" to die because his grandfather had beaten him with a paddle after locking him in his room for several hours, according to testimony in his trial Tuesday.
A British medical journal has retracted an article and apologized for claiming that internal industry documents it received from an anonymous source had gone "missing" during a 1994 product liability suit against the maker of Prozac.
The medical journal BMJ Thursday retracted and apologized for the claim it made early this month that internal industry documents it received from an anonymous source had gone "missing" during a 1994 product liability suit against Eli Lilly and Co., maker of the antidepressant Prozac.
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New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Wednesday for alleged fraud regarding information about adolescent use of its antidepressant medication Paxil.
They call it "the invisible illness," and for good reason: Depression affects nearly one in 10 U.S. adults each year, but experts say the disease is treatable in most cases.
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How far should a health insurer poke into your privacy? Deep enough to determine that you're depressed and maybe ought to go on Prozac? Lovelace Health Systems, a subsidiary of Cigna in Albuquerque...