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Are You Getting the Best Treatment for Your Depression?

A recent survey of 1,318 older adults receiving care for depression, anxiety or other mental disorders found that doctors frequently don't discuss key aspects of treatment with their patients. More...

Treating Depression: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Prescription

When doctors first began prescribing antidepressant medications in the 1950s, the prevailing belief was that a short course of medication could cure depression -- much like antibiotics wipe out an infection. But over time, physicians began to realize that depression required longer treatment regimens than originally thought. Acute phase. Antidepressant medications usually produce a significant improvement in four to eight weeks, although it may take 12 weeks or longer on a therapeutic dose to see the… More...

Avoid a Stroke: Keep Calm and Carry On

Can anxiety induce a stroke? While a direct link between the two can't be established, scientists say they've found that high levels of anxiety have been associated with increased stroke risk. More...

Advice on Stopping Antidepressant Medication

Although antidepressant medications aren't addictive and, when stopped, don't cause the same type of withdrawal as medications like opiates for pain, your body may still experience withdrawal-like symptoms. If you quit cold turkey, you could experience physical discomfort or a relapse of your depression. More...

Depression in Women Boosts Heart Risks

According to a study reported in the American Journal of Public Health (Volume 103, page e34), postmenopausal women who are depressed or take antidepressants may have an increased risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. More...

A Risk of Falling: Tied to Depression?

When an older person falls, it's often blamed on poor vision, a balance problem or some other condition related to aging. But one risk factor that may be overlooked is depression. More...

Research on Treatment for Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is common among older adults and, in many cases, requires additional treatment beyond traditional medications. More...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Normal Worry: How to Tell the Difference

Everyone worries, to some degree, about things at work or home. And with news of violent incidents and uncertainty about the economy, who doesn't consider worst-case scenarios? So how do you know whether you have a medical condition like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)? More...

How Meditation Calms the Brain

By pinpointing the brain mechanisms involved, researchers now better understand how meditation reduces anxiety. More...

The Toll of Untreated Depression

It's normal to feel low occasionally, but bouts of prolonged depression can be a serious threat to both your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many older adults with depression go untreated, which can have devastating consequences. More...

Substance Abuse and Aging: A Growing Problem

Current guidelines suggest that one alcoholic drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men may be beneficial for health. If you drink more than that, you could have a drinking problem -- and you're not alone. Researchers acknowledge the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse among people over age 60, saying that it affects as many as 17 percent of older adults. … More...

Brain Scans: A New Tool for Treating Depression

Treating depression can be challenging for clinicians, with no way of knowing how a patient will respond. But brain scans taken before treatment may help predict which treatment is best for an individual patient, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry (Volume 70, page 821). More...

Double Trouble: Chronic Pain and Anxiety

Patients suffering from chronic pain may have another underlying problem: anxiety. Researchers studied 250 primary care patients being treated at a large Veterans Administration medical center in the Midwest. All had moderate to severe chronic joint or back pain that was treatment-resistant for at least three months. The participants underwent screening for panic attacks and various disorders: generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The participants were also questioned about quality-of-life issues such as… More...

Exercise Relieves Major Depression: How Much Is Enough?

Used in conjunction with other traditional treatments such as medication or psychotherapy, or on its own, exercise is a viable way to reduce the symptoms of depression -- so much so that it's included in the American Psychiatric Association's treatment recommendations. More...

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