Midlife Can Make You MiserableFeel like middle age is closing in on you? You're not alone. A 2008 study of data from 2 million people found that midlife depression spans the globe. In the U.S., it peaks at around age 40 for women and 50 for men, and usually starts to lift in the 50s. Why? People may learn to adapt to their strengths and weaknesses and value life more, the researchers say. View the slideshow and learn more here: Depression Triggers as You AgeView Thread
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Oct. 1, 2010 -- Updated guidelines for the treatment of clinical depression include suggestions on the use of medication , talk therapy, exercise, and alternative treatments, while urging doctors to more closely assess symptoms and tailor treatments to the patient. The American Psychiatric Association released the guidelines on major depressive disorder Friday, the first update in 10 years. Before the release of the new guidelines, an independent panel of depression treatment experts with no ties to industry reviewed the guidelines for any bias, says Joel Yager, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, and chair of the American Psychiatric Association's steering committee on practice guidelines. The final document, Yager tells WebMD, is a ''verification and validation of the best way to treat depression." The group took five years to research and create the guidelines, Yager says. Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, the CDC reported this week. About 3.4% of those meet the criteria for major depression , the type addressed in the guidelines.
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