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AHA News: Stroke Survivors Might Need Better Screening for Depression

AHA News: Stroke Survivors Might Need Better Screening for Depression

Latest Depression News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Depression among stroke survivors peaks during the early months of recovery and persists for a full year, a new study finds. Experts say better screening methods are needed for this population to more effectively prevent and treat depression. “We found that depression is […]

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Citalopram (Celexa)

Citalopram (Celexa)

What is citalopram (Celexa) and how does it work? Citalopram is an antidepressant medication that affects neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerves within the brain use to communicate with each other. Neurotransmitters are manufactured and released by nerves and then travel and attach to nearby nerves. Thus, neurotransmitters can be thought of as the communication system […]

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Lexapro (escitalopram)

Lexapro (escitalopram)

What is Lexapro (escitalopram)? How does it work? Escitalopram is an oral drug that is used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Chemically, escitalopram is similar to citalopram (Celexa). Both are in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class that also includes fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft). […]

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Cymbalta (duloxetine)

Cymbalta (duloxetine)

What is Cymbalta (duloxetine) and what is it used for? Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant used for treating depression, anxiety disorder, and pain. Other drugs in this class include milnacipran (Savella), venlafaxine (Effexor), and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). Cymbalta (duloxetine) is used for the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, pain […]

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Wellbutrin (bupropion)

Wellbutrin (bupropion)

What is Wellbutrin (bupropion) and what is it used for? Bupropion is an antidepressant medication that affects chemicals within the brain that nerves use to send messages to each other. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters. Many experts believe that depression is caused by an imbalance among the amounts of neurotransmitters that are released. Nerves, […]

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Trazodone (Desyrel)

Trazodone (Desyrel)

What is trazodone and what is it used for? Trazodone is an oral antidepressant drug that affects the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) within the brain that nerves use to communicate with (stimulate) each other. The major neurotransmitters are acetylcholine, norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. Many experts believe that an imbalance among the different neurotransmitters is the cause […]

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AI May Help Guide Patients to Most Effective Antidepressant

AI May Help Guide Patients to Most Effective Antidepressant

Latest Depression News By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Choosing the right antidepressant for someone who is depressed can be hit or miss. But a new study shows that artificial intelligence (AI) technology may be able to help. Researchers input information from electrical signals in the brain into a computer […]

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Online Bullies Make Teen Depression, PTSD Even Worse: Survey

Online Bullies Make Teen Depression, PTSD Even Worse: Survey

Latest Depression News TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Cyberbullying can worsen symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in young people, new research shows. That’s the conclusion of a recent survey of 50 teens who were inpatients at a suburban psychiatric hospital near New York City. Researchers reported that those who had been […]

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Older adults who drink tea are less likely to be depressed

Older adults who drink tea are less likely to be depressed

Previous research has suggested that there is a link between depression and tea drinking. Now, a new study is investigating this relationship further. Depression is common among older adults, with 7% of those over the age of 60 years reporting “major depressive disorder.” Accordingly, research is underway to identify possible causes, which include genetic predisposition, […]

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Depression during period: Everything you need to know

Depression during period: Everything you need to know

Feeling depressed before and during a menstrual period is common. Experts believe that these emotional changes occur as a result of fluctuating hormone levels. Most people who menstruate will experience some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including moodiness and headaches. However, some individuals can develop more severe symptoms, such as depression and anger. Hormones can […]