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What should I do if i'm weeks pregnant and depressed?

What should I do if i'm weeks pregnant and depressed?

Pregnant & depressed: Please tell your OB you're having this problem. Also see a psychiatrist or psychologist. Depression during pregnancy is a very real challenge, and there are both helpful talk therapies and medications that are safe in pregnancy if absolutely needed. Ob and psychiatrist or psychologist (or all 3 if you have them) should work together to help you through this time. Please don't wait on this! ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What shall i do? I am 6 months pregnant and lately I have been extremely stressed and depressed and i cry a lot. Is this harming my baby? I can't help feeling the things im feeling.. What should I do?..

What shall i do? I am 6 months pregnant and lately I have been extremely stressed and depressed and i cry a lot. Is this harming my baby? I can't help feeling the things im feeling.. What should I do?..

You should see doc: You have depression during pregnancy. This should be treated. Please see a psychiatrist. The baby is safe now as regards to antidepressant treatment in the third trimester, as least for most meds.For your sake and the sake of your child, please get treated. Untreated depression can be lethal. ...Read more

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How can I treat depression while pregnant?

How can I treat depression while pregnant?

Complex : Depression during pregnancy is correlated with negative neonatal and postpartum outcomes. There are safer antidepressants to use during pregnancy. Please discuss with your obstetrician and psychiatrist. The rare likelihood of neonatal pulmonary hypertension needs to be weighed against not treating your depression. Counseling can help, but depression is a biological disease not just a bad mood. ...Read more

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If i'm depressed while pregnant will my child be depressed too?

If i'm depressed while pregnant will my child be depressed too?

Possibly: There have been some studies that show an increased predisposition to mood disorders in offspring of depressed women. It is difficult to separate the influence of "nature" (genes) from "nurture" (upbringing). We also do not know much about effects of lower levels of neurotransmitters, etc on the fetus later in life. There are many ways to overcome the risk, however. Ask pediatric or family doctor. ...Read more

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What should I know if I have depression and I want to get pregnant?

What should I know if I have depression and I want to get pregnant?

Current status? : If you are being treated for depression with medication, discuss with prescribing doctor & ob/gyn. One must weigh benefit v risk to either continue or discontinue medications for depression in a pregnancy. Untreated pregnant women have higher rate of miscarriage, prematurity & postpartum depression. Babies exposed to antidepressants have slight risk of neonatal pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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How to I decide if depression tablets are worth the risk while pregnant?

How to I decide if depression tablets are worth the risk while pregnant?

Not easy: Some antidepressants are relatively safe during pregnancy (prozac, zoloft, (sertraline) lexapro) especially after the first three months. If you have severe depression (suicidal thoughts, for example), taking an antidepressant may have less risks than not taking one. Talk with you ob/gyn doctor in either case. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy affect depression?

Does pregnancy affect depression?

Consultation needed: In some women, pregnancy can make depression worse; in some, it can make it better. The question often is whether to use pharmaceutical antidepressant medications while a woman is pregnant, and whether the intensity of symptoms makes it reasonable to risk potential effects in the infant. The answer is variable, and discussion with an experienced psychiatrist is very important. ...Read more

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Is depression a sign of early pregnancy?

Is depression a sign of early pregnancy?

No: The best way to determine pregnancy is with a pregnancy test. Worrying about whether one is pregnant can cause anxiety with problems sleeping, all of which may contribute for feeling depressed or sad. Feeling depressed can occur for a variety of reasons. Maybe an evaluation by a physician is in order to rule-out both depression and pregnancy and to also make sure nothing else is wrong? ...Read more

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What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

Depends: The food and drug administration assigns risk category ratings for drugs in pregnancy. Category c drugs have been suggested to cause problems in the fetus and should be used with caution in pregnancy if absolutely needed. Category d medications have been proven to cause serious harm to fetus and should be avoided. All the current antidepressants are either category c or d. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more