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[MOL] Empowerment may speed recovery from depression

Empowerment may speed recovery from depression
    [08/27/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A feeling of being in control
of their health may help patients recover from depression,
according to results of a US study. Other factors associated with
recovery among patients being treated for depression included
milder depression and the absence of major medical illness, the
study authors report. ``What you think you can do in terms of
helping yourself get well is important,'' lead author Dr. Charlotte
Brown of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania,
told Reuters Health. Feeling helpless in life is part of the phenomenon
of depression, which may be why having a sense of control over
treatment works, she explained. However, there is also a biological
aspect to depression. ``It's not all in your head,'' she added.

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