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What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

July 8, 2018

There are no easy answers for helping someone struggling with depression, especially if you’ve already tried and tried. Here are some tips from experts. By Heather Murphy Jun. 7th, 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/health/depression-suicide-helping.html Reports of Kate Spade’s suicide and struggle with depression instantly transformed her from symbol of polished prep to a blunt reminder that suffering affects more »

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What is depression and why is it rising?

June 9, 2018

What is depression? Depressed people don’t all shuffle around with a long face, or cry at any provocation. MentalHealth.gov, a US government website, defines it as “losing interest in important parts of life”. Symptoms include eating or sleeping too much or too little; pulling away from people and usual activities; having low or no energy; more »

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Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

May 22, 2018

African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups. The 2001-2015 data, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, confirm a pattern first identified several years ago when researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in more »

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Is shock therapy making a comeback? For people with treatment-resistant depression, a controversial therapy gains ground and leads to innovation

May 14, 2018

You’ve probably heard the term “shock treatment” used to describe electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. Psychiatrists don’t like the term because of the stigma surrounding it, which they say prevents the vast majority of severely depressed patients from ever trying it. What might surprise you to learn is that despite its misuse in the past, ECT more »

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This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming

May 1, 2018

Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific discoveries reported last week by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium in Nature Genetics are a hard-won breakthrough in our understanding of this very common and potentially more »

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