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Do All Antidepressants Cause Weight Gain?

A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry examined weight changes in 19,244 adults who were taking one of 11 antidepressants: the tricyclics amitriptyline (Elavil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor); the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft); the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor); the dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion (Wellbutrin); and the tetracyclic mirtazapine (Remeron). More...

Mindfulness: Effective Treatment for Depression

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs), in which people are taught to focus their attention on the present moment without judgment, can reduce symptoms in people who are in the middle of a depressive episode. More...

Hoarding Disorder: When Acquiring Possessions Is Out of Control

No one wants to throw away something that might later prove to be useful or valuable. But a person who compulsively acquires items most people would view as worthless -- and is unable to discard anything without experiencing intense anxiety -- may suffer from hoarding disorder, a condition psychiatric experts have recently recognized as a unique disorder. More...

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...

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