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July 9, 1999
Re "His Depression Is 'Real,' All Right," Commentary, July 5: Robert Dawidoff effectively captures the insidiousness and misunderstanding of this crippling, negativistic disease. It is important after a depression lifts to remember that good experiences may have occurred during the blue phase; you just weren't able to interpret them positively. These experiences need to be reviewed, so that they can be more appropriately integrated into the psyche. Such ongoing cognitive self-management is a major key to surviving depression.
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
September 26, 2005 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
In the last few months, I have been put on various drugs for sinus problems. These include antibiotics like Tequin and Levaquin as well as prednisone. The prednisone made me squirrelly, so I stopped it with my doctor's OK. I was given another course of Levaquin for a bladder infection and started feeling panicky. Then my doctor put me on Zoloft to combat anxiety. Next, I began having full-blown panic attacks and a bout of depression.
April 6, 2014 | By Tom Petruno
Over the last six years, roaring bears and raging bulls both have had their turns to be right about financial markets. But investing success in the next market phase could be far more about pinpointing individual opportunities than riding a wave. This is when it should pay for a money manager to have maximum flexibility: the option to go almost anywhere with investors' dollars in search of decent returns. That could include stocks, bonds, real estate or commodities, for example.
April 27, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
One need only look at the recent introduction of chocolate Cheerios to fully grasp Americans' fondness for the pulp from cacao beans. Savoring chocolate is normal. But, researchers said Monday, overindulging in it could be a marker for depression. Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Davis examined chocolate consumption and other dietary intake patterns among 931 men and women who were not using antidepressants. The participants were also given a depression screening test. Those who screened positive for possible depression consumed an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate — defined as one ounce of chocolate candy — per month.
April 6, 2013
Re "Disability: the new welfare?," Opinion, April 2 Jonah Goldberg is correct that the increase in Social Security disability beneficiaries deserves scrutiny, but he shows a misunderstanding of how the program works. It is relatively challenging for a claimant to qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration does not simply accept certification from a physician, and it has its own evaluation units that comb through medical records. So why are there so many more people receiving disability?
September 3, 2013
Re "New look at male depression," Aug. 29 Thank you for publishing this article on the front page. It is a story that has been undervalued, not just in the media but by medical research in general. As a psychologist, I find it sad that even within the community of physicians and mental health professionals, we often fail to recognize or treat men in ways that would identify and engage them in a therapeutic process. Our definitions of mental health or dysfunction have tended to reflect a gender-blind perspective that denies innate differences.
September 26, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Compared with uncaffeinated women, those who drank the equivalent of four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and less likely to volunteer their time in church or community groups. But a new study finds that well-caffeinated women have a key health advantage over their more abstemious sisters: they're less likely to become depressed. In the back-and-forth world of research on caffeine's effects, the latest study suggests that women who get several jolts of java a day may do more than get a quick boost: their mental health may see sustained improvement even as the physical stresses of aging accumulate.
December 12, 2011
I once suffered from clinical depression for a few months ["Infection … and Then OCD," Dec. 5]. There was no obvious cause, and my reactions to both herbal remedies and prescription drugs were strange. Then a routine annual physical exam revealed a prostate infection. The cure for the infection also cured the depression. It is wise to check for a purely physical cause for depression, especially if it has no obvious link to a traumatic event. George Tucker Redondo Beach Thank you for publishing Kathryn Joosten's experiences with battling her lung cancer and for pointing out how little funding is raised for this No. 1 killer ["Breathe In, Take a Quiz," Nov. 7]
April 17, 2010 | Rosemary McClure
After my mom died, I temporarily moved back in with my 81-year-old dad. My parents had been married more than 50 years; the last five had been difficult. Mom had a host of serious problems, including dementia. Taking care of her had left my father with his own health problems. I wanted to see how he'd do on his own. Every day when I left for work, dad walked me out to the car and said, "Anything you want done today?" I rarely had any tasks for him. As I drove away, I could see him in my rearview mirror bleakly watching my car disappear.
March 9, 2014 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland was a respected surgeon and bioethicist at Yale University and author of two modestly successful books when he was approached in the early 1990s by a young literary editor. The agent was looking for someone to write a book about what happens to the body and mind during the process of dying, and Nuland had been recommended to him. "I thought surely there were hundreds of books already" on the topic, Nuland later said, but the agent said there were not and encouraged him to check his libraries.
February 19, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The family of a Tustin man who was shot and killed by police last week say he was unarmed and suffering from depression and an anxiety attack when they called for help, an attorney for the family said. Tustin police received a call about a family disturbance at an apartment about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10. When they arrived, police spokesman Sgt. Andy Birozy said, they were "immediately confronted with an adult male armed with a knife” -- later identified as Robert Villa, 23. The knife was recovered at the scene.
February 14, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Emily Cook was doing a facile job of providing a summation of her Olympic career and the future of American aerialists, all neatly done in the confines of the mixed zone on Friday. One question took slightly longer for Cook to answer. Cook was asked what Jeret "Speedy" Peterson would have had to say about her career. “He would have been bummed I didn't hit that second jump,” Cook said, laughing. “But no, he's with me. He's here. I'm positive of that.” Cook's close friend, Peterson, was a major figure in the sport by virtue of his skill and considerable charisma and helped her deal with a devastating injury in 2002, which kept her out of the Olympics.
February 12, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman
By singing and dancing into the hearts of Depression-era America, Shirley Temple opened the door for hundreds of childhood performers to follow. Yet the realm of stardom in which those young stars now find themselves couldn't be more different than the world Temple helped create. Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday at age 85, performed in dozens of movies before she even hit her teens. For several years in the 1930s she was a bigger box-office draw than any adult star of the period, a group that included Vivien Leigh and Greta Garbo, as the studio both pushed Temple to crank out movies and protected her from the scrutiny that came with it.  PHOTOS: Shirley Temple Black, 1928-2014 It is Temple's legacy that, directly or otherwise, made possible the emergence of a wide group of modern-era youthful entertainers, including Jodie Foster, Justin Bieber, Gary Coleman and Miley Cyrus, to name just a few. It is also a culture that has mutated significantly in Temple's wake - and not always for the best.
January 31, 2014 | By David Levine
The numbers are staggering: Almost 7% of the U.S. adult population - about 17.6 million people - is diagnosed with depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression costs 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 billion to $44 billion. There are effective treatments for depression, including, researchers said recently, meditation. But neither talk therapy nor the existing medications work for everyone.
January 28, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Call it the John-Boy Effect: The millennial generation is the most financially conservative since the Great Depression, according to a new study. The trauma of the global financial crisis in 2008 and the dot-com meltdown eight years earlier have turned millennials into hard-core savers who are reluctant to take big financial risks, according to UBS Wealth Management Americas. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of mortgages More than one-third of people aged 21 to 36 say they're financially conservative, and their actions speak even louder than their words, according to the survey . The average millennial has 52% of his or her portfolio in cash, more than twice the 23% of other investors.
December 5, 2011 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Struggling with the black dog of depression? The supplement aisle abounds with options for people seeking a non-medicinal remedy - but figuring out what works and what doesn't can be a challenge for consumers and experts alike. That's because the data are generally poor, says Dr. Charles Raison, associate professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. There are some exceptions. Hundreds of studies have investigated the effects of omega-3 fatty acids and St. John's wort.
October 29, 2013 | By Shan Li
Women who live in states with the greatest income gaps are at bigger risk of depression, according to a recent study. Living in states with a vast divide between the wealthy and poor makes people, especially women, more aware of their own financial circumstances and frustrated at being unable to keep up, according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Roman Pabayo, co-author of the study and a researcher at Harvard University's School of Public Health, told Reuters that the team studied data from a national mental health report combined with their own calculations on income gaps in the 50 states.
January 16, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Kate Fodor's clever if uneven comedy “Rx,” in its West Coast premiere at the Lost Studio under the direction of John Pleshette, has a great premise. The Schmidt pharmaceutical company is conducting clinical trials for a new drug, code named SP-925, which specifically targets workplace depression -- “a startling drop in norepinephrine levels during the working day,” as neurology team leader Allison Hardy (the wonderful, terrifyingly peppy Kirsten Kollender) explains at a shareholders meeting.
January 6, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems. The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Internal Medicine, noted that many Americans had turned to mindfulness or transcendental meditation to improve their lives and to cope with medical and other problems. But there's little clarity, they said, among healthcare providers about the value of these alternatives to standard medical care.
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