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Being Sleepy During The Day May Indicate Depression

Everyone knows that lack of sleep can contribute to long tiring days. However, what happens when a person is getting plenty of sleep, but they still feel excessively tired all day? New research suggests that there’s a good chance it might be depression.

After crunching the numbers, depression was the No. 1 risk factor for excessive daytime sleepiness. BMI (body mass index) came second. Typical sleep duration was third, followed by diabetes, smoking, and, finally, sleep apnea.

The researchers suggest that doctors start to consider depression as a factor for excessive sleepiness, and that they do a thorough assessment for depression and obesity/diabetes.

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Coalition Group Outlines 28-Point Road Map For Better Mental Health In The U.S.

Mental health in the United States has consistently experienced budget cuts, and rising costs. As a consequence, many people have been adversely affected by the inability to afford treatment, and the unavailability of treatment options. A 16 group organization, called the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, has put together a 28-point road map for improving mental health in the U.S.

Families should be allowed to buy into Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance plan for the poor, to get access to treatment for their children.

“Medicare unfortunately discriminates against people with mental illness by requiring higher co-payments for mental health outpatient care. That could be fixed,” Konigsberg added.

The groups, including several national mental health advocacy organizations, said they were acting on President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report, released in 2003.

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FDA Warns About Antidepressants, Suicide

CNN reports:

The Food and Drug Administration issued a second public warning Friday that adults who use antidepressants should be closely monitored for warning signs of suicide, especially when they first start the pills or change a dose.

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FDA Issues Strong Antidepressant Warnings

Salon.com reports:

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday ordered that all antidepressants carry “black box” warnings that they “increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior” in children who take them.

“Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior … in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders,” the warning begins. Those risks must be balanced against clinical need, the label indicates in a warning surrounded by a black box, hence the “black box” designation.

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