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Can Menopause Cause Depression
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
Uncommonly yes: I'm not sure WHICH medication you're referring to but if we just hazard a guess and say, "LEVOTHYROXINE" then, in rare instances this medication has been reported to cause mental depression in patients. Typically though, when used in therapeutic doses to treat hypothyroidism one usually experiences a bit of a lift in mood (if they've been truly HYPO-thyroid) for some time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A common feature of depression is a dysregulation of sex hormones (LH, FSH, testoterone), and the menstrual cycle. There are also the stress hormones: cortisone, ACTH. There are also changes in hormones related to bone maintenance and food metabolism. A related point: thyroid hormone deficiency can cause depression. ...Read more
Yes: Perimenopause can start up to 9 years before your period stops for good. The changing hormones can lead to mood changes (including tearfulness) and anxiety. However, if it is interfering with any of your relationships or your work, be sure to talk to your doctor. We have lots of great strategies. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can bad news? Yes: If the cysts cause an imbalance in the hormones related to ovulation that have any effect on moods, then yes in a physiological way. But even if that's not the case, having ovarian cysts is bad news in the life of a young woman and can cause you to worry about the consequences for childbearing, life-span, etc. Work w/ your obgyn on the cysts and consider supportive therapy to address the feelings. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can diabetes cause depression? Can diabetes cause fluctuations in hormones that could result in clinical depression?
Maybe. : I once had a memorable patient whose mood was very much associated with her blood sugar levels. Her diabetes was not well controlled, and her mood was obviously worse when her levels were far above normal. The mechanism by which diabetes might impact mood is probably complicated, but i think sugar levels rather than hormones are at work. Make sure your diabetes is under good control. ...Read more
Definetely: Hormonal changes can affect all women with migraine and most women experience an increased frequency of migraine attacks around the time of menses. Menstrual migraine is triggered in susceptible women by fluctuating estrogen levels, usually a decrease in estrogen level just prior to menses. Hormonal changes can also cause sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, mood changes and irritability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pregnancy @ 14?: Some women can become depressed during pregnancy, especially if they've had depression previously. It may also depend on the circumstances of the woman's life, the way she feels about her pregnancy, the support she's receiving, and her relationship with her baby's father. If your age is truly 14 and you're pregnant, you need your family's help. Please tell your doctor of any depression too. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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