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    What Makes Us Happy

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    Depression After Stroke Can Be Debilitating

    Prevents return to work almost as often as physical disability does, study shows Posted 3/27/08 THURSDAY, March 27 — Depression stops stroke victims from returning to work almost as often as physical disability does, Australian researchers report. The study of 210 men and women, average age 55, who had paying jobs before a stroke found that 112 of them returned to work within six months — about the same ratio as in a recent U.S. study, said researchers at the George Institute for International Health in Sydney. Their report appears in the March 28 issue of Stroke. In developed countries, roughly 20 percent of stroke victims are still young enough…

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    The man who made lists to fend off depression

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – His mother suffered dark depressions and tried to dominate his life. His sister and daughter had severe mental problems, his father and wife died young and a beloved uncle committed suicide in his arms. So what did Peter Mark Roget, the creator of Roget’s Thesaurus, do to handle all the pain, grief, sorrow, affliction, woe, bitterness, unhappiness and misery in a life that lasted over 90 years? He made lists. The 19th century British scientist made lists of words, creating synonyms for all occasions that ultimately helped make life easier for term paper writers, crossword puzzle lovers and anyone looking for the answer to the age-old…

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    Attorney’s Mission Is to Erase the Stigma of Depression

    March 24, 2008 Two years ago, a psychiatrist with three decades of experience told Buffalo, N.Y., attorney Daniel T. Lukasik that a quarter of his clientele were, just like him, lawyers suffering mental illness. Regrettably, however, the doctor knew of no peer support groups to augment the medical and psychological treatment that was helping Lukasik climb out of a well of depression. “We’re supposed to be the ones in charge,” said Lukasik, managing partner at Cantor Lukasik Dolce & Panepinto, a personal injury firm. “We’re not supposed to be vulnerable or broken people.” Despite a landmark 1991 study by Johns Hopkins University, in which lawyers ranked first in incidence rate…

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    Blood test could diagnose depression, determine treatment

    A simple blood test may be enough to diagnose depression and quickly determine whether antidepressant drugs are working, researchers said Tuesday. That’s because scientists have identified a protein in the brain that can serve as a biomarker for depression, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “This test could serve to predict the efficacy of antidepressant therapy quickly, within four to five days, sparing patients the agony of waiting a month or more to find out if they are on the correct therapeutic regimen,” said lead author Mark Rasenick of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

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    House Passes Mental Health Parity Bill

     WASHINGTON March 6 2008 – Eating disorders were front and center in the debate leading to yesterday’s passage of mental health parity in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House passed the parity bill by a vote of 268 to 148. The House version of a national mental health parity bill  includes broad definitions of mental illness that would include eating disorders. A Senate bill passed last year offers fewer protections but is likely to become the final version that Congress will send for the President’s signature. The Eating Disorders Coalition has supported both House and Senate versions, but prefers the House bill.  

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    The Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health

    Executive Summary: A Report of the Surgeon General On Mental Health Mental health—the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity; from early childhood until late life, mental health is the springboard of thinking and communication skills, learning, emotional growth, resilience, and self-esteem. Mental illness—the term that refers collectively to all mental disorders. Mental disorders are health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.   This is the first Surgeon General’s report ever issued on the topic of…

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    Blood test could reveal bipolar disorder

    Blood test could reveal bipolar disorderMethod that could diagnose, assess patients also raises ethical question By Steve Mitchell MSNBC contributor updated 5:01 p.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 25, 2008 A blood test could be used to diagnose and assess the severity of certain mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, according to a new study. But some experts think this raises ethical concerns about prying into a person’s mental status. Lab tests that can accurately detect mental illnesses have long been considered the “Holy Grail” of psychiatry. Currently, bipolar disorder and other conditions such as depression are diagnosed based on the patient’s description of their symptoms and the physician’s judgment, sometimes making…

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    Don’t let hype get in the way of help

    A misunderstanding of the placebo effect must not be allowed to sideline a holistic approach to depression, writes Dr Harry Barry There are many people suffering from depression in Ireland who are now confused, even despairing, following the release of a recent survey on the effectiveness of anti- depressants, suggesting that they are no more effective than placebo therapy.

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    Gene Variants May Increase Risk Of Anxiety Disorders

    Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers — in collaboration with scientists at the University of California at San Diego and Yale University — have discovered perhaps the strongest evidence yet linking variation in a particular gene with anxiety-related traits. In the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, the team describes finding that particular versions of a gene that affect the activity of important neurotransmitter receptors were more common in both children and adults assessed as being inhibited or introverted and also were associated with increased activity of brain regions involved in emotional processing.