There are no pills, no invasive procedures, yet doctors say it works.
Doctors said magnets might be the key to successful treatment for those with major depression.
Doctors said that 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer an episode of major depression at some time in their lives.
Standard treatment doesn’t always work and medication can have difficult side effects. But there may be another option with minor side effects and major results.
Research suggests new-generation antidepressants are often no more effective than dummy pills.
A review has looked at four commonly-used antidepressants and the clinical trials submitted to gain licensing approval.
They included antidepressants regularly prescribed in the UK, including fluoxetine (Prozac), venlafaxine (Efexor) and paroxetine (Seroxat).
Feb. 15, 2008 — Women who give birth to a boy may be at increased risk of getting severe postpartum depression, according to a French study.
But a Canadian expert on women’s mental health says the conclusion is premature.
By JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN
February 1, 2008 3:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said it is “increasingly likely” that Pfizer Inc.’s smoking-cessation drug Chantix may be tied to serious psychiatric symptoms. The FDA’s comment is part of a public health advisory issued Friday.
(HealthDay News) — Women who stop being religiously active are three times more likely to suffer generalized anxiety disorder than women who have always been religiously active, researchers report.
(WebMD) A 12-week course of talk therapy may help curb the often debilitating symptoms of panic disorder — including intense fear, chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.
Tues., Jan 8th, 2008
It’s no secret that men with angry, explosive personalities are at a higher risk of a heart attack. But they’re not alone: Nervous, withdrawn and chronically worried people are courting coronary problems, too, according to a new long-term study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Of 735 American middle-aged or elderly men who had good cardiovascular health in 1986, those who scored highest on four different scales of anxiety were far more likely to suffer heart attacks later in life. Men in the top 15% on any of the four scales, or on a combined scale of all four, had a 30% to 40% greater chance of heart attack than their less anxious peers.
December 27, 2007
Holiday depression can be managed, experts say
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was seeing that holiday film featuring the “perfect family.”
Maybe it was an argument with your brother over that old grudge. Or maybe it was the fact that you don’t have anybody to gather with this season.
The holidays are a land mine of triggers for depression and stress as family, financial and social pressures mount during the last two weeks of the year. While local mental health experts note a measurable rise in depression over the holiday season — especially among people who live alone or have no family — the number of suicides or attempts do not seem to increase proportionately, they said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Plump babies may really be happier babies, Canadian and British researchers reported on Monday in a study that found people who had a low birth weight were more likely to have depression and anxiety later in life.
Jennifer Wider, M.D.
Society for Women’s Health Research
November 30, 2007
Although mood disorders and depression may occur at any age during a woman’s life, women seem to more vulnerable during times of hormonal fluctuations such as the menstrual period, pregnancy and perimenopause, according to a report released by the Society for Women’s Health Research in November.