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Weekender: Mindfulness Over Matter

"Mindfulness" is becoming the latest buzz word being applied as a solution in almost every industry, profession and human condition in the developed world. In British newspapers published in 2004, the term was used in articles just twice, yet ten years later that figure had risen to 150 mentions.

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Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Radiology at Stony Brook University. In a paper published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Dr.Canli suggests that major depression may result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral...
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Can We Google The Secret To Happiness?

There isn't much that you can't find out via Google, but can you really find the secret of "happiness?

Stress and dissatisfaction are common issues in the workplace; in fact, across the world the insidious march of depression's "black dog" is claiming more and more victims. Statistically, depression in the global...
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Scientists Discover How To Manipulate Memories and Erase Fear

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made an astonishing breakthrough: they believe that they now have the ability to erase feelings of fear or anxiety.The researchers discovered which brain circuits attach emotions to memories but, more importantly, they worked out how to reverse this link.

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Weekender: Can Childhood Stress Shape Our Lives and Affect Our Destiny?

Stress, anxiety, depression - these are all familiar terms in our modern lifestyle. But why are these conditions so prevalent in society? Where are the seeds of discontent sown?

A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, reports that stressful situations experienced in childhood can have a lasting and very negative...
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Coffee May Aid Memory and Prevent Depression

For some, it’s the tradition of steeping tealeaves to brew the perfect cup of tea. For others, it’s the morning shuffle to a coffee maker for a hot jolt of java. Then there are those who like their wake up with the kind of snap and a fizz usually found in a carbonated beverage.
Regardless of the routine, the consumption of...
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Why Olympic Athletes are Positive Thinkers

Exercise seems to be a "cure" for certain kinds of depression, and so along with a dose of fish oil, you may be able to throw away your pills.

And while some people "work up an appetite" when they exercise, so they eat MORE (which kills some of the reason for exercising in the first place), other people eat LESS,...
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How to Tell if You're Depressed

Check your internet usage. Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications--from games to file downloads to chat rooms? Yep, you're depressed, all right.
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Something Fishy About Depression

Fish are taking antidepressants--at least they're absorbing them in the water they're swimming in. It turns out that fish exhibit abnormal behavior and lower levels of anxiety when exposed to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are common drugs used...
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Depressed? Get out in the sun!

Winter can be a depressing time of year. Gray days may keep you indoors, but if you're gloomy, you may need to get out in the sun, because low levels of vitamin D (the vitamin you get from sunlight) have been linked to depression.

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Is it REALLY the Flu?

It's flu season, and if you neglected to get your flu shot this year (or maybe it didn't work), you may be coughing or sneezing. Sickness can be...
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Cheer Up--Drink Coffee!

We've advised you before to keep your brain and body healthy by walking to a coffee shop, and this is especially true for women. Since most anti-depressive medicines may be placebos,...
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Depression: You Can Have a Relapse (Just like an Addict)

Alcoholics and drug addicts are familiar with the problem of relapse--in fact, it's a regular part of many of their lives until they finally get "clean." Now researchers say that patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to...
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Vote for the Candidate Who Seems the Most Depressed

Can depression be good for you--or make you more creative? Or is the whole depression thing...
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Depression Can Be GOOD for You

Sadness, apathy, preoccupation--these traits come to mind when people think about depression, the world’s most frequently diagnosed mental disorder. Yet there's new evidence that depression has a positive side-effect: Depressed people perform...
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Got the Christmas Blues?

With the holiday season in full swing, many people find themselves battling a form of the "holiday blues." And for many women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight--something that's good...
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What Light Does

Sleep with the blinds closed! Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters (and humans?) that may lead to depression. But light DOES kill superbugs, which must be why, when you're in the hopsital, nurses come over and shine a flashlight in your eyes at night!
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Feeling SAD?

Even though Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming? - It's not normal to feel down during the holidays, but many people do. Often times, family gatherings, which should bring joy, cause stress and this year could be worse because of the country's poor financial shape.

With the days shortening toward winter, many people...

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Does Depression Make You More Creative?

David Foster Wallace, the talented young author who recently committed suicide, battled depression for 20 years. And people who take many days of sick leave for psychiatric reasons are twice as likely to die from cancer as healthier employees. Finally, since so many anti-depression medicines have turned out to be placebos, researchers have...

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Psst! I Can Smell Her Depression

Women who wear too much perfume may be depressed. Researcher Yehuda Shoenfeld says, "Our scientific findings suggest that women who are depressed are also losing their sense of smell, and may overcompensate by using more perfume." And people who gossip about them? They're taking part in a form of verbal mutual grooming that has been vital to...

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If You're Feeling SAD Lately...

If you notice that your mood, energy level and motivation go way down around this time of year, only to return to normal in April, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What can you do about this?

Dr. Angelos Halaris says, "This condition, characterized by depression, exhaustion and lack of interest in people and regular...

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Fish?a Natural Prozac

Fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids, works as well for depression as Prozac. "We've been very impressed by the response rates we've observed," says psychiatrist David Mischoulon. "We believe there is definitely something to these treatments." Maybe some of us are depressed because our ancestors lived near the sea, where they developed...

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Men & Women Have Different Depression

Genes linked to depression differ between men and women, according research by George Zubenko of the University of Pittsburgh. His work suggests that there are important differences in the molecular basis of clinical depression in men and women that determine their resistance to stressful events.

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