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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...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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Teen with depression and anxiety because of school, need help?

Teen with depression and anxiety because of school, need help?

What aspect of: School do you believe is causing this? Academics ? Bullying? Social isolation? If there is a problem with bullying would advise school principal. Would encourage you to find therapy for your teen which can provide support, an outlet to vent and reality feedback. A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Can you control depression during pregnancy?

Can you control depression during pregnancy?

Yes: Hormones do a lot of wacky things to women in pregnancy...Depression can improve or worsen. Some meds are not helpful to the baby ...But you still need help. .Craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture/chinese medicine can have amazing effects and are all safe during pregnancy. They can all treat depression during pregnancy (and even if not pregnant). ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

Weigh risks/benefits: It's important to weigh risks and benefits both of the medication and of untreated bipolar disorder on the unborn child. This is a question that is best answered by a psychiatrist who is familiar with you. ...Read more

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My teenager is showing signs of being anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help?

My teenager is showing signs of being anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help?

This would be a : Good time to get some professional assistance. A child psychiatrist, child psychologist or a general psychiatrist/ psychologist that works with teens in their practice - would be a good place to start. Take care. ...Read more

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Can smoking during pregnancy cause mental illness and physical health complications later in a child's life?

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Can smoking during pregnancy cause mental illness and physical health complications later in a child's life?

Smoking in pregnancy: Advise to quit as soon as you found out u r pregnant. Low birth weight and other complications possible. Also if quitting now, it would do both of you good. ...Read more

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What causes depression in teenagers? Why do some people seem perfectly happy and balanced throughout high school then when going to college start to suffer mood swings, depression, and personality changes?

What causes depression in teenagers? Why do some people seem perfectly happy and balanced throughout high school then when going to college start to suffer mood swings, depression, and personality changes?

Protective Factors: Many reasons but there are some key factors & skills that help teens cope more effectively w/stressors & challenges of adolescence: a) feeling loved, supported & understood; b) having people who can really talk 2; c) knowing how 2identify & express feelings; d) knowing things 2do 2cope w/stressors; & e) having close friendship(s). Consider: 90% of things kids/teens learn come from watching adults. ...Read more

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Can depression, ocd, or anxiety be the reason for the mother not gaining enough weight during pregnancy?

Can depression, ocd, or anxiety be the reason for the mother not gaining enough weight during pregnancy?

That could be: A contributing factor. I hope that the woman is getting help. Take care. ...Read more

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Can emotional, physical, sexual and verbal abuse, control and threats during pregnancy cause such disorders as toutetts, ocd, odd, anxiety?

Can emotional, physical, sexual and verbal abuse, control and threats during pregnancy cause such disorders as toutetts, ocd, odd, anxiety?

Maybe not cause but: Certainly uncover or make worse any of those issues noted. Intervention should be done as soon as possible to protect the expectant mother & the unborn child. There is evidence to support the belief that children of mothers who have untreated psychiatric problems during pregnancy have babies who are at risk for behavior & mood disorders as children & adolescents or even later in life also. ...Read more

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I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

SOUNDS DIFFICULT: Whatever the way of living has been, it doesn't seem successful. Anxiety and depression are hard to bear & hard to live with. Maybe time to take all to a therapist and see what can be done to change things. This does not have to be permanent. Sometimes one personalone cannot find a better way. The chances improve when a thearpist witha different view joins in. ...Read more

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Feeling down, tired of life, distressed, some sleep disturbances during working days, some weight gain and have rare suicidal ideation.Am i depressed?

Feeling down, tired of life, distressed, some sleep disturbances during working days, some weight gain and have rare suicidal ideation.Am i depressed?

Depression: Your description does sound like you could be depressed -- suicidal ideation is definitely an alarm sign. It would be a good idea to see your physician about this to start checking your overall health. More definitive treatment can come through a psychiatrist and/or psychologist. Both psychotherapy and medications can be very effective. If suicidal thoughts increase, be seen in an er. ...Read more

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I have phases of euphoria and sadness, feelings of low self esteem, tiredness, Panic attacks in arguments and phases of self harm since I was a child.

I have phases of euphoria and sadness, feelings of low self esteem, tiredness, Panic attacks in arguments and phases of self harm since I was a child.

You need to seek a: Mental health counselor to seek why you are going through this extreme mood in such a degree. Sounds like Bipolar but to be sure get an assessment so that proper diagnosis and treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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How are depression and early morning wakening linked?

How are depression and early morning wakening linked?

Serotonin: Serotonin is one of the main neurotransmitters that helps regulate the sleep cycle. With depression, it is believed that there is an imbalance of serotonin levels thus causing sleep issues. ...Read more

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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

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How can I take care of myself nutritionally to help support my mental health and to alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety I have dealt with depression and anxiety most of my life, but was never diagnosed as such until later in life. My depression

How can I take care of myself nutritionally to help support my mental health and to alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety I have dealt with depression and anxiety most of my life, but was never diagnosed as such until later in life.  My depression

Several things: My colleagues have shared great info with you so far -- esp about the omega-3's, magnesium, etc. You do need a psychiatrist who's friendly to the idea that nutrition plays a part in mental health. Along with proper diagnostic assessment, psychotherapy, and medications if needed, you also need to move towards more whole foods in your diet. For integrative psychiatrists -- http://www.Inimh.Org/. ...Read more

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What are reasons for a missed menstrual period, other than emotional stress, physical stress, and pregnancy?

What are reasons for a missed menstrual period, other than emotional stress, physical stress, and pregnancy?

Non ovulation: There are many reasons that a woman doesn't ovulate occasionally. Recurrent anovulation is usually associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome and can be treated with birth control pills or intermittent Progesterone or Clomid (clomiphene) if pregnancy is desired. ...Read more

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Concern about a friend: how common is in women to having manic episodes in self medication with zoloft (sertraline)? She's very impulsive and aggressive lately.

Concern about a friend: how common is in women to having manic episodes in self medication with zoloft (sertraline)? She's very impulsive and aggressive lately.

Can easily happen: No one with a psychiatric condition should self treat. Sertraline is for depression. It is not the primary treatment for bipolar disorder. It can in fact worsenbipolar disorder by increasing the frequency of the episodes, severity of mania, causing mixed mood states, or rapid cycling. As a friend, please pull her aside and tell her what you were noticing. Show her this reference if you need to and try to get her to a psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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. Jeff Livingston
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Teen Pregnancy (Definition)

Teen pregnancy is a condition where a teenage female between the ages of 13 and 19 becomes pregnant. It is often associated with increased risks to the ...Read more