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2005-12-29 18:19:48

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly one in 10 American teenagers experienced major depression last year and fewer than half were treated, according to government statistics released on Thursday that doctors say confirm the problem is still overlooked among young people. Overall, 9 percent of teenagers, or 2.2 million, were depressed, with older teens more at risk than their younger peers, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. About...

2005-12-29 13:58:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly one in 10 American teenagers, or 2.2 million, experienced major depression last year, according to government statistics released on Thursday that also showed that depressed youths were more likely to smoke, drink alcohol or abuse drugs. Fewer than half received treatment, the survey found. Overall, 9 percent of teens were depressed, with older teens more at risk than their younger peers, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

2005-11-25 02:10:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- The number of U.S. children and teens who were diagnosed with depression more than doubled between 1995 and 2002, while the use of antidepressant drugs rose and the use of psychotherapy or counseling declined. The findings, say researchers, point to possible instances of inappropriate prescribing to children. While guidelines call for children to be treated with either mental health counseling or a combination of counseling and medication, the study found a trend of...

2005-11-24 11:30:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of U.S. children and teens who were diagnosed with depression more than doubled between 1995 and 2002, while the use of antidepressant drugs rose and the use of psychotherapy or counseling declined. The findings, say researchers, point to possible instances of inappropriate prescribing to children. While guidelines call for children to be treated with either mental health counseling or a combination of counseling and medication, the study...

2005-10-24 20:19:35

Depressed middle-aged adults are at four times greater risk for being unable to perform everyday tasks than their non-depressed peers, a Northwestern University study found. "Among pre-retirement adults, limitations in life activities are strong determinants of job loss and the ability to find employment, and jeopardize an individual's ability to live independently," said Dorothy D. Dunlop, lead author of the study, which was published in the November issue of the American Journal of Public...

2005-09-28 10:54:28

LONDON (Agence de Presse Medicale) - Antidepressants should not be used as first-line treatment in patients younger than 18 years old -- even for moderate-to-severe or psychotic depression -- Britain's health economics watchdog, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, said on Wednesday. In children (5-11 years old) and young people (12-18) with depression, psychological therapy such as group cognitive behavior therapy should be the first-line treatment, backed up by advice on...

2005-09-12 13:42:41

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Psychotherapy delivered over the telephone reduces symptoms of depression in patients with physical impairments due to multiple sclerosis, investigators report. "The biggest advantage of 'telemental health' is that it overcomes barriers," Dr. David C. Mohr, of the University of California at San Francisco, told Reuters Health. "Even in urban areas where mental health is available, there are a lot of barriers, such as physical disabilities,...

2005-08-22 12:00:00

LONDON -- GlaxoSmithKline Plc on Monday slammed a study from scientists in Norway suggesting its antidepressant Paxil was linked to an increased suicide risk in adults, arguing that the research was flawed and misleading. The strongly worded statement from Europe's biggest drugmaker highlights industry sensitivity to drug safety issues, after a Texas court awarded $253 million against Merck & Co. Inc. in a case over its painkiller Vioxx last week. GlaxoSmithKline's Paxil and other similar...

2005-08-09 15:41:55

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Both antidepressant medication and cognitive behavior therapy is beneficial for poor, minority women suffering from major depression, and it makes sense from a cost perspective too, according to a new report. "Treatment for depression is effective in low-income, minority women," Dr. Dennis A. Revicki told Reuters Health. "Depression treatments need to be tailored to specific populations to be most effective." Revicki, from the Center for...

2005-06-27 07:48:53

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Patients suffering from severe depression who have not responded to other treatments may be helped by deep brain stimulation, researchers said on Monday. The treatment, which is like a pacemaker for the brain, uses electrodes implanted in the brain to switch off or interrupt electrical circuits linked to depression. In four out of six patients who failed on all other treatments, deep brain stimulation relieved their depression. "Patients would...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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