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An old drug called ketamine (Ketalar), FDA-approved as an anesthetic, may turn out to be a fast-acting emergency treatment to reverse acute suicidal thoughts. It might become a lifeline for severely depressed patients. When people become severely depressed it is... (Read More)
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Q. I cannot tolerate oral antidepressant medications because of unacceptable side effects. My doctor has prescribed EMSAM, a skin patch, but it is very expensive. Does this medicine work for depression and can I buy it safely from Canada? A.... (Read More)
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Q. I received a ketamine infusion several months ago and it literally saved my life. My 30+ year depression was severe (unable to feel, no relationships, unable to work, extreme anxiety and fatigue, etc). I volunteered for a study at... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking St. John's wort every day for over a year. I started taking it to combat depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD) that troubles me in the gloomy winter months. I've noticed in the last few... (Read More)
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Q. I've been on Cymbalta for six years. My rheumatologist prescribed it for fibromyalgia neuropathy in my feet. (It felt like my feet were in a bonfire all the time.) When I first began taking it, the pain stopped. But... (Read More)
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Q. My best friend has been having increasing difficulty this year with numbness and tingling in her feet and a loss of balance. Her doctor chalked it up to her age (79). When she fell in her bathroom and hit... (Read More)
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 Insomnia and depression often go hand in hand. Researchers have wondered whether it's a chicken or egg phenomenon. In other words, does depression trigger insomnia or do sleeping problems contribute to depression? A new study may not answer the question... (Read More)
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Q. Over the last 10 years I have been on various antidepressants, including Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Effexor (venlafaxine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Cymbalta (duloxetine). I have experienced weight gain, blurred vision, dry mouth and sexual side effects (low libido and... (Read More)
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There is ample evidence that exercise can be beneficial in treating mild to moderate depression. A new analysis of 30 long-term prospective trials of physical activity and depression found that in the overwhelming majority of the trials, people who were... (Read More)
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 Exercise seems to help people overcome mild to moderate depression. A new study analyzed data from 35 trials that randomly assigned people to either exercise or control groups. Exercise was roughly equivalent to antidepressant medication or psychotherapy in reducing depression... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with both migraines and depression for years. My doctor prescribed Cymbalta for the depression, sumatriptan for the migraines, Provigil to stay awake during the day and trazodone to sleep at night. I am experiencing strong heart... (Read More)
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Q. After taking various antidepressants for many years, I tried to stop. The first time I decreased the levels of medication over five weeks. I experienced many incapacitating withdrawal symptoms and went back on the drug. The second time, I... (Read More)
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Abilify (aripiprazole) is one of the most successful drugs in the pharmacy. Last year this medication had sales of over $5,000,000,000, making it the # 2 medication on the top 10 hit parade of best selling drugs (in dollars).  One... (Read More)
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Q. My acupuncturist recommended the probiotic Lactobacillus GG for my recurrent depression. After a week, it seems to be making a difference. It has also helped with my intermittent nighttime reflux. Have you ever heard of probiotics for depression? A.... (Read More)
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When someone is severely depressed, immediate action is essential. That's because without help or hope, a suicidal person may do himself irreversible harm. The trouble is that most antidepressant treatments do not act quickly. It can take up to six... (Read More)
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Antidepressant drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac) or citalopram (Celexa) are widely prescribed, but they do have side effects. When are they most appropriate? It is possible to take steps to combat stress and depression without relying on prescription medicines. Find out... (Read More)
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An old drug is stimulating a great deal of excitement within the psychiatric community. Ketamine was introduced in the 1970s as an anesthetic. Although it was effective, it had certain drawbacks. The drug worked to create a kind of dissociation... (Read More)
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Q. My 18-year-old son became depressed. I did some research before taking him to the doctor, so I encouraged her to check his vitamin D level. Lo and behold it was below the normal level at 20 ng/ml. After two... (Read More)
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Q. I began taking turmeric to see if its anti-inflammatory properties would relieve joint pain. I had to stop because my fingers would get bruised without any real trauma. Presumably this was a side effect of its anticoagulant activity. While... (Read More)
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Q. Taking Chantix was the worst thing I ever did in my life. I wish I could undo the damage it has caused in my life. It triggered a manic episode that lasted 6 months, then a spiraling depression that... (Read More)
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