SR - 04/12/2007 11:37:00 Beating Depression by Erica E....

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04/12/2007 11:37:00 Beating Depression by Erica E. Goode Story o Tells the story of a doctor who was afflicted to depression (describes  his thoughts, feelings etc.) o The doctor (Dr. Kent) felt ashamed and as though he could not share  is depression with people Facts o 1 in 12 Americans have depression o Discusses the major symptoms of major depression and bipolar  disorder as well as treatments (Prozac, lithium, ETC, etc.) o Discusses SAD (Seasonal Affective disorder) and light treatment o Discusses Dysthymia   chronic milder form of depression that can  last years or months o Depression caused by genes, the environment, explanatory style  (optimist vs. pessimist),  o Basically talks about everything in the Modules Melancholy’s Creative Side There have been many famous musicians, painters, writers, poets that have  been depressed or bipolar People with these disorders tend to score better on creativity tests Example People include: o Handel o Anne Sexton o Robert Lowell o Vincent van Gogh
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o Virginia Wolf Tailoring Treatment for Depression’s Many Forms Article discusses treatments for depression Antidepressants  o Alter mood by working on neurotransmitters (serotonin,  norepinephrine) o Prozac and Anafranil are big, Wellbutrin has less side effects o Lithium balances moods for bipolar disorder ETC (Electro-convulsive Therapy) o Treats severe depression o Works well, but they don’t know why yet o Not the barbaric thing you think of o Side effects: Some memory loss, relapse possible Light Treatment o For SAD Genetic Legacy o Depression runs in the family   there is a genetic component o Many genes with small impact   not just one o Still trying to find all the genes (which predispose, not guarantee 
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