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Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports

“The symptoms of thyroid diseases are so wide-ranging—affecting your mood, energy, body temperature, weight, heart, and more—that it may be difficult to get the correct diagnosis right away,” according to the authors of a recent Special Health Report on . . . → Read More: Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports

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Mental Health Awareness Week & World Mental Health Day Educate About Depression

October 7-13 has been declared “Mental Illness Awareness Week” in the U.S.  This annual health observance to raise mental illness awareness was declared by an Act of Congress in 1990, to occur in the first full week of October . . . → Read More: Mental Health Awareness Week & World Mental Health Day Educate About Depression

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Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

UPDATED July 23, 2012: A new Health Tip published by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health advocates that seniors “make exercise a social activity.” “Participate in a group dance class or a . . . → Read More: Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

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2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

The Palm Beach County Medical Society announced that it will hold its sixth annual Future of Medicine Summit on September 27-28, 2012. A number of notable national and regional health care experts will speak at the Summit, which will . . . → Read More: 2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

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Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

In a new article entitled “What is it about coffee?” the editors of Harvard Health Publications, discuss some of the known benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee. The new article on coffee is found in Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

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Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Explained

Constantly losing things? Having difficulty staying on task? Are projects never finished? Is it ADD or just the symptoms that are the result of other issues such as depression, a mood disorder, or sleep deprivation? Watch Vivien Williams for . . . → Read More: Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Explained

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Animal Therapist (The Dog Will See You Now)

A video from AARP about three dogs (Destiny, Lorent and Nike) who lift patients’ spirits at York Hospital in York Maine. Watch »

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Depression

A leaflet by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers of the U.K. States useful tips for the caregiver of a depressed person. >>View Info

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When a Family Member is Depressed

By Cleveland Clinic. ClevelandClinic.org Living with a Depressed Person: Tips for caregivers >>View Info

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Tips for Caregivers

from New York State Office for the Aging. Includes the following tips for the caregiver of a person with depression: Educate yourself about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression. You need to understand what you’re dealing with before . . . → Read More: Tips for Caregivers

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Excerpt from Harvard Mental Health Letter

reporting on scientific findings that a rigorous exercise program caused a 47 percent drop in depressive symptoms among a study group. That made rigorous exercise about as effective as antidepressant medications or cognitive behavioral therapy, which are standard treatments . . . → Read More: Excerpt from Harvard Mental Health Letter

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Treating Depression in Older Adults: Challenges to Implementing the Recommendations of an Expert Panel

Snowden M, Steinman L, Frederick J. Prev Chronic Dis 2008;5(1). reported in Preventing Chronic Disease; Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, Vol 5, No. 1, January, 2008, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, U.S. Department of Health . . . → Read More: Treating Depression in Older Adults: Challenges to Implementing the Recommendations of an Expert Panel

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Depression Information: A Guide for Older Adults

an informational pamphlet by Forrest Pharmaceuticals Inc., the maker of one of the known antidepressant medications. Provides good general information about the statistical occurrence of depression in the elderly, its causes and consequences, and the symptoms by which the . . . → Read More: Depression Information: A Guide for Older Adults

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A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression — Treatment Options for Late-Life Depression

By the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, gmhfonline.org. A good discussion of the treatment options, including a particularly detailed discussion of the potential antidepressant medications and their side effects, as well as general discussions of other options, such as psychotherapy . . . → Read More: A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression — Treatment Options for Late-Life Depression

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Alzheimer’s Disease: A Major Challenge in the Effective Treatment of Depression in the Elderly

by Kapoor S., Prev Chronic Dis 2008;5(3), reported in Preventing Chronic Disease; Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, Vol 5, No. 3, July, 2008, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Disease: A Major Challenge in the Effective Treatment of Depression in the Elderly

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Depression

Pamphlet by the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Good comprehensive discussion of the medical aspects, types, symptoms and causes of depression, along with a discussion of how . . . → Read More: Depression

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Depression in Older Adults

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly: Recognizing the Signs and Getting Help, by Helpguide.org. Good overall discussion of depression in the elderly, which is a pervasive problem of aging, yet often not recognized. This results in only a . . . → Read More: Depression in Older Adults

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Depression: A Good Basic Introduction

Depression, by MedlinePlus, a Service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Good basic introduction to what is depression, its definition, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments, with . . . → Read More: Depression: A Good Basic Introduction

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Understanding Depression

Understanding Depression, by Helpguide.org. General discussion of what is depression, its definition, causes, nature and symptoms. »View Info

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What is Depression? By American Academy of Family Physicians

Depression: What is Depression? By American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org. Overview of depression, its nature, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and tips for getting through it, with good links to other resources for depression. »View Info

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Depression in Older Adults

Depression in Older Adults, from Chapter 5 of Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service. Discusses the clinical diagnosis of “Major” and “Minor” depression, Late-Onset Depression (in older adults) and its incidence and prevalence, . . . → Read More: Depression in Older Adults

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Depression in Older Persons, by the National Alliance

Depression in Older Persons, by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami.org. Good discussion of the common occurrence of depression in later life, why it often goes untreated and the consequences of lack of treatment. Mentions the fact that . . . → Read More: Depression in Older Persons, by the National Alliance

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Late Life Depression: A Fact Sheet

Late Life Depression; A Fact Sheet, , by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, gmhfonline.org. A good overview of depression in the elderly, including the medical definition and symptoms of depression, and its causes, consequences, costs, and treatments. Includes a . . . → Read More: Late Life Depression: A Fact Sheet

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Over 2 Million People Over the Age of 65 Are Depressed

Depression in the Elderly, , by Rafi Kevorkian, M.D., Fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, St. Louis University School of Medicine. Found on TheDoctorWillSeeYouNow.com, articles. References estimates that over 2 million people over the age of 65 in the U.S. . . . → Read More: Over 2 Million People Over the Age of 65 Are Depressed

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Guide to Diagnosing Depression

How Is Depression Diagnosed? InteliHealth.com. Medical content reviewed by the Faculty of the Harvard Medical School. »View Info

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Depression Symptoms in the Elderly

Depression In The Elderly Is Complicated But Treatable, From The Harvard Mental Health Letter. Reprinted in MedicalNewstoday.com. Mentions that symptoms of depression may differ in the elderly from those in younger adults. »View Info

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Geriatric Depression Scale

Geriatric Depression Scale, provides explanation and links to a short form and longer form “mood assessment scale”/ questionnaire (in various languages) offered by two Stanford professors as a rough diagnostic test for whether an elderly person may be depressed. . . . → Read More: Geriatric Depression Scale

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Depression in the Elderly

Depression in the Elderly, MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, by MedlinePlus, a Service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. General overview, including focus on symptoms and tests to . . . → Read More: Depression in the Elderly

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A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age

Recognizing and Overcoming Depression — How to Use This Depression Recovery Tool Kit, by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, gmhfonline.org. A good overall discussion, with links to information on the facts about late-life depression and its causes, with especially . . . → Read More: A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age

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Preventing Depression Misdiagnosis of Women

Preventing Misdiagnosis of Women: A Guide to Physical Disorders That Have Psychiatric Symptoms (Women’s Mental Health and Development), a book by Elizabeth Adele Klonoff and Hope Landrine, discusses the importance of differentiating between depression and other physical ailments that . . . → Read More: Preventing Depression Misdiagnosis of Women

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The Biological Nature of Depression

Depression in the Elderly; Consequences, Symptoms and Treatment of Depression in Old Age, by Lisa C. DeLuca, Jun 28, 2008. Discussion of the biological nature of depression, complications of depression in the elderly, why they often don’t seek treatment, . . . → Read More: The Biological Nature of Depression

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Cleveland Clinic’s Guide to Recognizing Depression

Recognizing Depression – Depression Diagnosis, by Cleveland Clinic. ClevelandClinic.org. List of the symptoms and indicators of depression. »View Info

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Depression Not a Normal Part of the Aging Process

Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging Discusses symptoms of depression, and for diagnosis, recommends checking with your doctor to see first whether these symptoms may be caused by a physical illness, such as hypothyroidism or vitamin B12 deficiency, . . . → Read More: Depression Not a Normal Part of the Aging Process

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Lifestyle Changes Helpful in Overcoming Depression

A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression — Healthy Lifestyle Choices, by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, gmhfonline.org. Good discussion of lifestyle changes helpful in overcoming depression, which thereby help prevent occurrence of depression, . . . → Read More: Lifestyle Changes Helpful in Overcoming Depression

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Depression: General Overview

Depression in the Elderly, MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, by MedlinePlus, a Service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. General overview, including recognition as to prevention that: “Preventing . . . → Read More: Depression: General Overview

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Depression and Long-term Care Residents

Elderly In Long-term Care Setting Suffer Depression More Than Those Cared For At Home, ScienceDaily, May 9, 2008. Reports on the findings of a study by social work students at Indiana State University. »View Info

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Controlling Depression

Staying With A Medicine Helps Older People Avoid Relapsing Into Depression, , Health News Feed, a Service of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Reports on a study concluding that medications are most useful in preventing relapse of depression in . . . → Read More: Controlling Depression

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New York Times Health Guide: Depression

An excellent, comprehensive treatment of depression, including background, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatments – and including a discussion of lifestyle changes and alternative remedies that may help treat or prevent depression. Among those mentioned are: herbal remedies (St. . . . → Read More: New York Times Health Guide: Depression

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Discussion of Depression Diagnosis and Treatment

Professional Help for Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment Options, by Helpguide.org. Discussion of diagnosis and treatment options. Particular focus on non-pharmacological treatments, including various kinds of talk therapies, exercise, meditation, light therapy, yoga and other stress relief and relaxation techniques, . . . → Read More: Discussion of Depression Diagnosis and Treatment

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Clinical Trials: Depression Treatment

Clinical Trials: Depression — Featured Studies, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A list with links to pending clinical trials on depression and its treatments, from the ClinicalTrials.gov . . . → Read More: Clinical Trials: Depression Treatment

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The Role of Family Members in Depression is Discussed

A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression; Caregiving—The Role of Family Members and Friends, by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, gmhfonline.org. A list of suggested actions family caregivers can take to help their elderly . . . → Read More: The Role of Family Members in Depression is Discussed

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Depression Is Not A Normal Part OF Aging

Depression in Late Life: Not A Natural Part Of Aging — Initiative on Depression in Late Life, by the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, gmhfonline.org, an affiliate of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). A good overall discussion of . . . → Read More: Depression Is Not A Normal Part OF Aging

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Mayo Clinic Discusses Depression

Depression: Supporting a family member or friend with depression, MayoClinic.com. »View Info

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