Health Beats: Antidepressants


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Hello Rochester, this is Nurse Bowick. Have we got something to talk about? Oh Yeah! A new study finds women who used certain antidepressant medications could be more likely to have babies born with rare birth defects, such as intestines growing outside of the baby’s body, heart defects, missing parts of the brain and skull. The study indicated increased risks with Paxil and Prozac use. Ladies please don’t stop taking your antidepressant medication before taking a closer look at this study.

Although more women than men get Depression, it is important that both men and women understand how Depression affects the family unit. Depression is a serious medical illness with mood, cognitive, and physical symptoms. It is associated with higher rates of chronic disease, increased health care utilization, and impaired functioning. Women suffering with Depression may have difficulty with her daily life for weeks at a time. She may feel sad most of the time, find no enjoyment in family, friends, hobbies, or have problems working, sleeping, and eating.


The first step to getting the right treatment is to visit a health care or mental health professional. Typically assessments and lab tests are done to rule out other conditions that may have the same symptoms as depression. A thorough health history completed. The healthcare provider should ask if there is a history of depression in your family. Treatment option may include therapy and medication.


Medications used to treat Depression are called Antidepressants. Over time they may work well. However, these medications can have side effects. If you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant please talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits to you and your baby.  Antidepressants may pose a greater risk at certain times during the pregnancy. But not taking your medication could also pose a risk to mom and baby. Each woman’s individual situation should determine whether she can safely take antidepressants while pregnant.

Dear Deka: Sick of this Chick


Dear Deka,

My brother recently started dating one of the girls I hated the most in high school. This chick always had a problem with me and for some odd reason my brother thought it would be a good idea to date her. My brother really seems to like her but when he’s not around she still likes to make slick comments. How should I handle this situation?


Sick of this chick




Dear Sick of this Chick,
That doesn’t seem like a very bright move on your brother’s behalf, but then again boys will be boys. Do you even know what could have caused the conflict between you two? If not I would suggest having a sit down with either just her or both of them just incase things get a little heated between the two of you.

Grab some lunch  and try to recall the first instances that put you both in the position you are in now. Understanding each other will be the first step into making things right. First make sure he’s even serious about her before you even confront the problem. “High school drama” is not worth a single breath especially, when the two of you have already graduated. Also if its just a fling, you shouldn’t have to try to fix anything she will be gone in no time. Like you said, if it’s a serious relationship you both are going to have to come to the terms with the fact that she is his significant other and you are his blood family. So neither of you two will be leaving any time soon! Whatever happened in the high school years should be a thing of the past by now, there shouldn’t be a reason you guys can’t resolve the problem.

If she so happens to be nasty and doesn’t want to talk at all don’t worry about it.  Keep in mind one day she’s going to want your advice, considering no one knows a guy better than his mother or sister. Now if that’s too much effort and you don’t feel like it is even worth the headache- Kill her with kindness and a smile every time she sees you!



If you would like Deka’s advice about a problem in your life email with the subject line DEAR DEKA.

Wade’s World

Looks like NBA player Dwayne Wade is expanding his empire and venturing into the wine business!

D. Wade’s new wine label is called Wade.

Dwyane Wade's new wine label Wade
Dwyane Wade’s new wine label Wade

I can’t wait to try this hope it taste as good as D. Wade looks mmmmm mmmm mmmm good!!

Are you a female interested in working for the RPD?

Then register for the “File for a Day” interactive training session! FILE (Females In Law Enforcement) will be hosting an interactive training session on Saturday, August 29th for prospective women interested in a career with the Rochester Police Department. The event will take place from 8am to 4:30pm at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Rd.

The event is free and open to women between the ages of 19 to 34 who have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate, a valid NYS driver’s license and U.S. citizenship. Space is limited to the first fifty women to register.

To register, visit, call the RPD recruitment office at (585) 428-6716 or email a recruiter at

Dear Deka: Signed Broke as a Joke

Dear Deka,
I have a girlfriend that I really care about but I don’t have the money to take her on the dates she deserves.  Where can I take her that doesn’t cost a lot of money but is still a lot of fun to do?
Broke as a Joke
Dear  Broke as a Joke,
There are tons of things  you can do that don’t require much money!
For example, stroll down the pier at Charlotte Beach on a beautiful sunny day. That would make any girl feel special. Just the conversation alone between you two as you take in the scenery will set the mood. Tip: be sure to have juicy conversation topics you both would enjoy talking about. Maybe before your walk stop at the ice cream shoppe by the beach and enjoy a large ice cream between the both of you.
However, if your date just so happens to land on a day where it isn’t so nice out. Try renting a movie, they are no more than  $1.70 per movie. Add in some popcorn and you have yourself a nice romantic evening, just don’t forget the cuddles that come along with it !
If you don’t feel like staying in for a movie, College Town offers FREE movies outside once a week. Make sure you bring a blanket!
Let’s say you want to go a little over the top and do something that you know will win her over. Plan out a picnic date even if you need the help from your mom, sister or close female relatives so you get it just right. Be sure to include your girlfriend’s favorite foods and just surprise her! Don’t even let her know you’re planning it. Take her for a nice drive and stop at any park that you feel would be a romantic setting. As you get out of the car give her that smile and reveal what you’ve come up with!  Remember this is your special moment to her.
If you’d like Deka’s advice email us at with the subject DEAR DOM at and she’ll try to help you out.