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When a Bundle of Joy Brings You Sorrow: Recognizing Postpartum Depression

It's normal to have anxieties while adjusting to parenthood. But after giving birth, some women develop a more extreme condition—a depression that persists for at least 2 weeks. This disorder, called postpartum depression, requires medical attention.

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Beat the Winter Blues: Shedding Light on Seasonal Sadness

NIH-funded researchers have been studying the “winter blues” and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for more than 3 decades. They’ve learned about possible causes and found treatments that seem to help most people.

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The Benefits of Slumber: Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep

With so many demands on our time, we often sacrifice sleep to fit everything into our days. But sleep affects both mental and physical health, and lack of sleep can have serious consequences.

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