The Complicated Link Between Depression and Brain Diseases

Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, as well as long-standing depression and anxiety, at the time of his apparent suicide. Here’s what experts know about the link between depression and degenerative brain diseases.

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Robin Williams’ Death Ruled a Suicide

The Oscar-winning actor died yesterday at 63. Williams’ publicist said in a statement that the actor “had been battling severe depression of late.”

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Depression Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk in Younger Women

Young and middle-aged women with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as their mentally healthy peers, new research suggests.

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Won’t Harm Baby’s Heart, Study Suggests

Antidepressants taken during the first three months of pregnancy don’t appear to increase the risk of heart defects in babies, new research suggests.

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Don’t Let THIS Deter You From Taking Antidepressants

While it has long been known that some antidepressants can help spur weight gain, a new study finds that the actual amount gained is usually small.

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Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk in Boys

Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.

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Young Dads Are at Risk of Postpartum Depression, Study Says

Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child’s kindergarten, a new study suggests.

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The Surprising Link Between Depression and Heart Failure

Depression may increase the risk of heart failure, a new study suggests.

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Pfizer Recalls Antidepressant Effexor After Possible Drug Mixup

Two lots of Pfizer’s antidepressant drug Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) are being recalled because they may contain capsules of another drug called Tikosyn (dofetilide), which is used to treat heart rhythm disorders.

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep Can Increase Risk of Depression

Too much or too little sleep can increase the risk of depression, according to two new studies. Inappropriate amounts of sleep may activate depression-related genes, researchers report in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Sleep.

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