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does omega-3 help with depression?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: Some recent research shows that adding omega-3 fatty acids to depression therapy can be beneficial in the treatment of some types of depression. Some studies also show a correlation between decreased intake of omega-3 fatty acids and the development of depression. However, other studies indicate that these theories are not true. The research results are currently mixed on this subject.
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
For Some People: There is evidence that omega-3 can be helpful for the mood. However, it most likely to be helpful for mild depression or to help maintain a stable mood. It is not likely to be helpful by itself for more serious depression.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do "postpartum" and regular depression differ?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Timing and Cause: Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 6 weeks after delivery, but it can occur anytime during the first year. Both postpartum and "regular" depression have similar features (depressed mood, appetite and sleep disturbance, mood swings, etc.). In my experience, postpartum depression responds quicker to medical therapy than major depressive disorder. Contact your doctor if needed.
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What should I know if I have depression and I want to get pregnant?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Discuss with doctor: Ideally people dealing with depression should have a discussion with their doctor before pregnancy. In some cases the medication can be stopped. In other cases, the medication should be continued or changed after a discussion regarding the potential complications. Depression is serious and often the known risks of untreated depression far outweigh the low risk of fetal exposure to medication.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I treat depression while pregnant?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depression: Of course, this will differ for every person, but the important thing is that it can be treated during pregnancy. For some this will mean adjusting or changing meds. For some, it may mean seeing a therapist or counselor. Your OB can help to coordinate care. Some patients find their symptoms better during pregnancy, but some do not.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can I get the omega-3 fats from fish without the risk of higher mercury levels?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Eat fish: There have never been any documented cases of mercury poisoning from fish consumption. The healthiest people in the world eat fish. I think the only people who benefit from discusing mercury in fish is the beef council. You can go to the epa website where they list fish that are low in mercury.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Actually there are numerous documented cases of mercury poisoning due to fish. See http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/gelfond/physicians/cases.html and http://www.mercurypoisoningnews.com/elevated.html. However, many fish have minimal levels of mercury, such as wild salmon. One can also take fish oil capsules that have undergone molecular distillation to remove all mercury.
Nov 5, 2012
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Fish oil chelates mercury? Be serious.
Oct 11, 2013
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: It is often hard to treat and identify, since both can co-exist, however a helpful tip is sudden deterioration in a stable patient with alzheimers.
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Yes . Depression affects large portion of those suffering from dementia and the symptoms can intensify the symptoms and their impact.
Aug 23, 2013

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