Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Aug 15, 2001 Issue
Assessment and Treatment of Depression Following Myocardial Infarction [Article]

Approximately 65 percent of patients with acute myocardial infarction report experiencing symptoms of depression. Major depression is present in 15 to 22 percent of these patients. Depression is an independent risk factor in the development of and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease in ...

Nov 15, 2000 Issue
Depression in Children and Adolescents [Article]

Depression among children and adolescents is common but frequently unrecognized. It affects 2 percent of prepubertal children and 5 to 8 percent of adolescents. The clinical spectrum of the disease can range from simple sadness to a major depressive or bipolar disorder. Risk factors include a family...

Sep 1, 2000 Issue
Alternative Therapies: Part 1. Depresssion, Diabetes, Obesity [Article]

Natural supplements are widely used in the United States and, while claims of their therapeutic effects abound, medical research does not always support their effectiveness. St. John's wort acts as a weak selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with fewer side effects. S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) has...

Aug 15, 2000 Issue
Depression and Sexual Desire [Article]

Decreased libido disproportionately affects patients with depression. The relationship between depression and decreased libido may be blurred, but treating one condition frequently improves the other. Medications used to treat depression may decrease libido and sexual function. Frequently, patients ...

May 15, 2000 Issue
Clinical Review of Recent Findings on the Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression [Practice Guidelines]

In response to the widespread problem of depression in the United States, the American Medical Association (AMA) has conducted a clinical review on the diagnosis and management of depression.

Sep 1, 1999 Issue
Depression Without Sadness: Alternative Presentations of Depression in Late Life [Article]

Older adults often deny feeling sad while exhibiting other characteristics of depression. Elderly patients with depression who do not present with sadness often have unexplained somatic complaints and exhibit a sense of hopelessness. Anxiety and anhedonia (a general loss of ability to feel pleasure)...

Jul 01, 1999 Issue
Depression in Women: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations [Article]

Women experience depression twice as often as men. The diagnostic criteria for depression are the same for both sexes, but women with depression more frequently experience guilt, anxiety, increased appetite and sleep, weight gain and comorbid eating disorders. Women may achieve higher plasma concent...

Apr 15, 1999 Issue
Postpartum Major Depression: Detection and Treatment [Article]

Postpartum major depression occurs in approximately one of 10 childbearing women and is considerably underdiagnosed. If left untreated, the disorder can have serious adverse effects on the mother and her relationship with significant others, and on the child's emotional and psychologic development. ...

Jan 1, 1999 Issue
Mirtazapine: A Newer Antidepressant [Article]

Mirtazapine is a newer antidepressant that exhibits both noradrenergic and serotonergic activity. It is at least as effective as the older antidepressants for treating mild to severe depression. Sedation is the most common side effect. Although agranulocytosis is the most serious side effect, it is ...

Dec 01, 1998 Issue
Practical Management of Treatment-Resistant Depression [Article]

Patients receiving antidepressant monotherapy may be partially or totally resistant to treatment in 10 to 30 percent of cases. In patients who have experienced only partial treatment results, the clinician should first consider optimizing antidepressant dosage or lengthening therapy. Antidepressant ...

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