‘Depression affects approximately 18.8 million adults in the U.S. and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. Yet mental health experts say the front-line treatment for serious cases, antidepressant drugs, works only about half the time and can have troubling side effects, such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and even suicidal behavior. As a result, [...]
Archive for April, 2005
‘Young people and their mobile phones manage to get up the noses of many adults, but it seems the phones may help to get inside the teen brain. If a new Australian study works out, we may have a unique insight into teenage depression.
Depression can be a fatal problem for young people in Australia - [...]
‘Patients requesting drugs they have seen advertised have an effect on what doctors prescribe for major depression, according to a study that used actresses to get prescriptions from doctors in three cities.
Overall, 53 percent of “patients” who made brand-specific requests linked to direct-to-consumer advertising got a prescription for an anti-depressant, compared to 31 percent who [...]
‘Actors pretending to be patients with symptoms of stress and fatigue were five times as likely to walk out of doctors’ offices with a prescription when they mentioned seeing an ad for the heavily promoted antidepressant Paxil, according an unusual study being published today.
The study employed an elaborate ruse — sending actors with fake symptoms [...]
Weight gain is a common side effect with many antidepressants, mood stabilizers and anti-psychotic medications. Are these pills that are prescribed so readily making our society obese?
All antidepressants have the potential to cause weight gain and yet most people seem unaware that weight gain is one of the most common side effects associated with Zoloft, [...]
‘FOUR of nine Australians accused of heroin smuggling in Bali were taken to hospital yesterday, with a psychiatrist treating others for signs of depression.
Alleged gang “godfather” Andrew Chan was briefly taken in a police wagon to Bhayangkara Trijata Hospital near Bali Police Headquarters to be treated for flu and asthma, receiving oxygen in a half-hour [...]
‘Life is full of changes. But as a person ages, those changes may come more frequently and be harder to face, said an expert from Texas Cooperative Extension.
And that could lead to depression.
“Though there is no one cause for depression, a sense of loss may be the greatest cause,” said Andrew Crocker, Extension program specialist [...]
‘Mental disorders are often portrayed as bleak but one specialist is providing a heartening view of manic depression.
Researcher Dr. Sarah Russell has written a book called A lifelong journey: Staying well with manic depression and bipolar disorder, which gives a positive take on mental illness thanks to her own experiences and those of the many [...]
‘Patients who’ve experienced a heart attack commonly experience depressive symptoms, according to findings published in the International Journal of Cardiology.
There are few data regarding the effectiveness of depression treatment in these patients, researcher Dr. Steven R. Erickson, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues write.
To further investigate, they surveyed nearly 500 patients [...]
‘A CAMPAIGN has been launched to help the estimated 10,000 Scottish women who suffer from postnatal depression every year.
The condition affects about 10 per cent of mothers and is one of the biggest killers of women, through suicide, in the year after giving birth.
Celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Fern Britton and Sadie Frost are among [...]