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Treating Depression With Pills, Shock & Talk

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It’s snowy and cold outside and the sky is gray. Undoubtedly more than a few of us have settled into those winter blahs. Some might even say they’re depressed, but true medically defined depression is much worse. It’s a long-term mood disorder that can leave people feeling numb, leave them unable to sleep or concentrate, easily annoyed, hopeless, even suicidal. One in 10 adults suffers from a mood disorder such as depression at some point in their lifetime – and, according to two new studies, most don’t get adequate treatment. Many will take an anti-depressant drugs. But drugs don’t always work – so what then? With me this morning is ideastream health reporter Gretchen Cuda, whose reports on depression will be featured on morning edition and WVIZ PBS all next week – and the Plain Dealer will have special coverage of depression next Tuesday.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 5:00 am

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