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Can depression and anxiety delay period?

Can depression and anxiety delay period?

Yes, they can: Any stress can change the timing of a period to earlier or later. If it is delayed, however, it would be wise to get a pregnancy test done. ...Read more

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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Can depression and stress cause delayed periods?

Can depression and stress cause delayed periods?

Yes: Absolutely! stress can cause you to miss a period, or to have an extra period. The stress hormones can interrupt your normal cycle. Periods should return to normal when the stress lessens. But do make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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For the past two months, during my period, I get so depressed it scares me, so why does my depression get so bad only during my period?

For the past two months, during my period, I get so depressed it scares me, so why does my depression get so bad only during my period?

PremenstrualSyndrome: Depression that comes on approximately 4 days before menstruation and goes away 2-3 days after onset of menstruation is part of the premenstrual syndrome and is hormone related. The most effective treatments are SSRI type anti-depressants, and are usually prescribed to be taken throughout the month. They can often be effective starting day 14 of cycle and stopping with menstruation. ...Read more

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When I am on my period my depression/anxiety is 10x worse. I will think of dark thoughts and of death. After my flow it's not as intence? Why?

When I am on my period my  depression/anxiety is 10x worse. I will think of dark thoughts and of death.  After my flow it's not as intence? Why?

Fluctuating hormones: During a woman's monthly cycle hormonal fluctuations which signal or trigger the menstrual period can also make women angry, irritable, generally not very amorous, and in some cases can exacerbate or bring on bouts of feeling low and depression. If you have thoughts about death my impression is that's a bit extreme so I think you should talk to your doctor about that in particular. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a person with depression to be extra suicidal on their period?

Is it normal for a person with depression to be extra suicidal on their period?

Not normal: Being suicidal is never "normal, " but it happens. In general, depressive symptoms can be worse in premenstrual dysphoric disorder just before a menstrual period -- usually lessening as bleeding begins. If you're suicidal now, please tell your parents (your question says you're 15), or a teacher or counselor! or you can go to an er or to your doctor. Do not wait! help is available for you. ...Read more

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Most people have a depressed period in their life but not all of them have the mental illness depression right?

Most people have a depressed period in their life but not all of them have the mental illness depression right?

Correct: It is normal to get depressed during certain aspects of life and stress. If the depression lingers and adversely affects one's ability to function at home/work then it may be more of a clinical depression. ...Read more

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Please can I ask, if depression , pstd is left untreated for a long period and the person has shut down , is it possible that this is a permanent thing?

Please can I ask, if depression , pstd is left untreated for a long period and the person has shut down , is it possible that this is a permanent thing?

PTSD is treatable: But the person may be too frightened or depressed to seek it out. It does not have to be permanent and prognosis is better today than years ago. It is important to go to a professional or inpatient clinic that specializes in ptsd. Group therapy and sometimes clinical hypnosis, and possibly medication can be used in treatment. Maybe you or a friend can go w/him, at least at first. ...Read more

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