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Archives for September, 2012

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My anti-depressants: The floor beneath me

I don't know where I would be this morning if there was no floor beneath me.

I am not talking about the sagging hardwood floor in my little house that could use a mop. I'm talking about my anti-depressants. It's Monday - the sun hasn't yet risen - and I'm already weary. Not tired. Weary. There is a difference. But if it wasn't for my antidepressants, I would've fallen through...
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Depression and 9/11: How bad is it?

I remember exactly where I was when the first plane his the tower. I had never experienced anything like that and even though I was more than 1,000 miles away, the attacks deeply disturbed me. Eleven years later, I am still overcome with sorrow and horror when I watch the towers fall. Today, the 11th anniversary, we will watch them fall over and over.

I have tried to imagine what I would...
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Do electronic health records make a difference in depression treatment?

As if the controversy over electronic health records is complicated enough, a new University of Florida study found that physicians using EHR were about half as likely as physicians using paper-based records to provide appropriate depression treatment to patients with three or more chronic conditions.

The study analyzed 3,467 visits adult patients with a diagnosis of depression and noted whether the patient was prescribed an antidepressant, received mental health counseling or a got a combination of the two. For patients with one or two...
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