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    What are the treatment options for depression?

    A variety of effective treatment options exist for depression. The most widely used treatments include antidepressant medications, psychosocial therapies, or a combination of the two. Additionally, some self-care and alternative therapies may prove beneficial in alleviating depressive symptoms. The...Read More
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    How can DHEA affect depression?

    Some studies suggest the molecule dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be an effective treatment for major depression when used alone or as an adjunct to antidepressants. DHEA may work by increasing serotonin levels in the brain and blocking the effects of certain stress hormones, such as cortisol. Potential...Read More
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    How can depression be treated?

    Antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, and a combination of the two are the most common treatments for depressive illness. However, in addition to adherence to the treatment plan that you develop with your doctor, there are several self-care approaches for managing depression. Several strategies...Read More
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    Can SAM-e be used to treat depression?

    Several studies suggest that the dietary supplement S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) may have beneficial effects on mood. SAM-e may alleviate symptoms of depression when used alone or as an adjunct to antidepressant medication. The compound is believed to achieve this effect by modulating the serotonin...Read More
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    How is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) diagnosed?

    Here are the criteria for GAD from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association:
    • Excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a variety of events.
    • The individual finds it difficult
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    How is generalized anxiety disorder diagnosed in children and teenagers?

    Here are the criteria for GAD from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association.  
    • Excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a variety of events.
    • The worry is hard to control.
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    How long does Zika stay in semen?

    The Zika virus can remain in semen for months after a man becomes infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that men abstain from sex, practice safe sex using condoms, and/or wait to attempt conception with their partner for at least 6 months after returning from an area where...Read More
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    Can Zika virus be transmitted sexually?

    The Zika virus can be transmitted sexually. In fact, the first case of local transmission in the continental United States occurred this way. A person in Texas became infected after having sexual contact with someone who had recently returned from a country where a Zika outbreak was happening. Before...Read More
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    Are primary biliary cirrhosis and primary biliary cholangitis the same?

    Primary biliary cirrhosis and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) are the same condition. Experts changed the name in 2015 because they felt it was inaccurate and could lead to unnecessary stigma. The original name containing “cirrhosis” dates back to the 1800s. Over time, as doctors learned more about...Read More
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    How should I add more berries to my diet?

    Given that you can eat berries one by one, they're the perfect alternative to chips when stress calls for some hand-to-mouth action. But when you're ready to experiment, try these fine ideas:
    • Add them to salads. Sprinkle raspberries on dark, leafy greens. Or mix things up with strawberry, melon,
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    Should I count calories?

    Calories do count -- and counting calories is one way to measure your weight loss efforts -- but it only makes sense if you’re counting healthy calories. Imagine you’re tagging along with Harold and Kumar for a meal of just one 140-calorie White Castle slider. Is this meager serving going to help...Read More
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    How can forgiveness help me overcome depression?

    Are you holding onto a grudge? Maybe an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend broke your heart, or a coworker took credit for your work? Saying "I forgive you" and meaning it -- even if you only say it to yourself -- can help you heal. Like chronic stress, holding onto bitterness and hostility are harmful to your...Read More
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    What Is the RealAge Concept?

    There's the calendar age of your body, which is based on your birthday, and then there's the actual age of your body, which is based on lifestyle choices. In this video, Dr. Michael Roizen explains how the RealAge idea originated.
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    20 Minutes to Younger Muscles

    Even if you work out just 20 minutes a day, you'll still be able to reverse age-related declines in muscle stem cells. In this video, integrative medical specialist Robin Miller, MD, explains how a little exercise can go a long way.
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    Walk This Fast to Live Longer

    Walking is the most user-friendly form of exercise. Millions of people do it every day. In this video, integrative medical specialist Robin Miller, MD, says the speed at which you walk matters—especially if want to live longer.