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  1. Great Depression - Three Lessons (Library of Congress - Perry and Sauer)
      Provides an opportunity for research so that "...students will be able to gain a better understanding of why the government takes care of its people and how this type of welfare state started. Armed with this knowledge, they can then evaluate the current need of government programs, such as welfare, Medicare and Social Security, on the federal and state level." The three lessons are designed to take 2-3 weeks. 5-02

  2. -03-31-08 Most Sweeping Changes Proposed Since the Great Depression (MSNBC News)
      "In proposing the broadest overhaul of financial oversight since the Great Depression, the Bush administration has kicked off a fierce debate. It pits those eager to revamp an antiquated system against an industry opposed to excessive regulation."

      "The administration is aware of the hardening lines. The 200-page plan set for release Monday comes with the financial system in the midst of the most severe credit crisis in two generations." 03-08

  3. -10-04-08 Is This Like Just Before the Great Depression? (Awesome Library)
      "Unlike during the Great Depression the government is now a huge part of the economy. And officials have moved quickly, if clumsily, to contain the crisis." 10-08

  4. -11-25-08 Guest: The Great Depression, As I Remember (CNN News)
      "We were an average blue-collar family in Altoona, Pa. My father worked at the silk mill, as a shipping clerk and later as a supervisor. As businesses in Altoona cut back and then closed entirely, the silk mill did too. My father had a backup career, giving piano lessons and playing in a five-piece band for weddings and other events. As the Depression got worse, though, those things were no longer affordable. He took a job as an insurance agent. But people didnít have the money to buy more insurance."

      "I was in the sixth grade in 1929. I got a job at our grocery store, stocking shelves for 25 or 50 cents a day, plus a bag of penny candy." 11-08

  5. Study: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Prevent Depression in Teens (U.S. News)
      "After six months, the teens who had been in the therapy groups were less likely to have become depressed (21.4 percent vs. 32.7 percent). The therapy was most effective in preventing depression in children whose parent wasnít depressed at the time (11.7 percent vs. 40.5 percent); its benefit disappeared if a parent of the child was depressed. Proof, if any is needed, that parentsí behavior has a huge influence on their childrenís health and behavior, even when theyíre teenagers."

      "In cognitive therapy, a person learns to:

      Distinguish between thoughts and feelings.
      Become aware of how thoughts can influence feelings in ways that sometimes are not helpful.
      Learn about thoughts that seem to occur automatically and how they can affect emotions.
      Evaluate critically whether these 'automatic' thoughts and assumptions are accurate or perhaps biased.
      Develop the skills to notice, interrupt, and correct these biased thoughts." 06-09

  6. Depression (Awesome Library)
      Provides articles. 5-00.

  7. Depression in Children (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
      Provides basic suggestions.

  8. Depression Resources (Ivan)
      Provides sources of information on depression by category. Also includes a search engine. 8-01

  9. Depression in Children and Adolescents (Ivan) 8-01

  10. Depression (
      Provides detailed information, listed by condition. 8-04

  11. Study: Marriage Is Helpful for Persons With Depression (MSNBC News)
      "A recent study suggests that marriage provides a greater psychological boost to depressed people than to happy people, even if the marriage is so-so." 06-07

  12. Symptoms of Depression (
      "Two hallmarks of depression - symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis - are:"

      * Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.

      * Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells." 08-07

  13. Depression Treatment and Sexual Dysfunction in Women (U.S. News)
      "Viagra might be more than a man's drug after all. Four years after Pfizer abandoned trials seeking FDA approval of its use as a potential treatment for female sexual arousal disorder, new research suggests that the diamond-shaped pill may help some women overcome sexual side effects caused by antidepressants." 08-07

  14. Glossary of Financial Terms (
      Provides definitions for key financial terms, such as recession, depression, gross national product (GNP), and other terms. 12-00

  15. Walker, Maggie (Time Magazine)
      "In 1903 she convinced those who would listen to her to bring together about $9,400 and opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, becoming the first woman of any race to preside over a savings institution at a time when only a handful of women held power in corporations. "We need a savings bank," she said. "Chartered, offered and run by the men and women of this order. Let us have a bank that will take nickels and turn them into dollars.""

      "Bank customers deposited a nickel a week into their accounts, and the assets continued to multiply. By 1913, the bank had collected $300,000 in assets. By 1920, it had helped to purchase 600 homes. In 1929 the Great Depression struck, crippling financial institutions nationwide. But St. Luke Savings had enough in holdings to absorb all the other local black-owned banks and become Consolidated Bank and Trust, holding assets of $400,000. The bank is still headquartered in Richmond today." 02-07

  16. -06-22-07 Psychological Trauma to U.S. Troops Rising (Guardian Unlimited)
      "Mr Gates was responding to concern by a Pentagon mental health taskforce report that incidence of psychological trauma is rising with prolonged combat duty: 38% of regular soldiers, 31% of marines, 49% of national guard, and 43% of marine reservists had symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems within three months of returning from active duty." 06-07

  17. Exercise to Improve Health (USA Today)
      "Besides reducing belly fat, physical activity lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of diabetes and cancer. It reduces depression and anxiety, and it improves bone and joint health, sex drive, sleep and memory, he [Church] says."

      "But Church notes that fewer than 25% of Americans meet the minimum guidelines of being moderately active for 30 minutes five or more days a week, estimates show."

      " 'The average American doesn't understand that other than not smoking, exercise is the most important thing you can do for your health,' Church says. 'They think exercising is a health suggestion on par with leaving mayonnaise off their sandwich.' " 04-08

  18. -04-17-08 Mental Health Problems Scar 300,000 U.S. Troops (MSNBC News)
      "Some 300,000 U.S. troops are suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 320,000 received brain injuries, a new study estimates." 04-08

  19. -09-02-08 Mental Health Issues Surface on Pakistan's Likely Leader (
      "If Pakistan's upcoming election goes as expected, Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto, will succeed Pervez Musharraf as the country's next president, giving Zardari at least partial sway over the Muslim country's nuclear arsenal. Concerns spiked last week with the disclosure of medical records indicating that as recently as last year, doctors hired by Zardari had diagnosed him with mental problems including dementia, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. While Zardari's spokespeople say he has been cured, multiple U.S. officials, among them Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told NEWSWEEK that word of Zardari's mental-health history took them by surprise." 09-08

  20. -09-20-08 Government Plans to Buy Bad Mortgages (MSNBC News)
      "The Bush administration is asking Congress to let the government buy $700 billion in toxic mortgages in the largest financial bailout since the Great Depression, according to a draft of the plan obtained Saturday by The Associated Press." 09-08

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