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Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Overview)

Depression in pregnancy is a mood disorder condition that is common for many pregnant women. It is caused by hormonal changes that affect the brain. Receiving help and support is important since depression can be diagnosed, treated, and managed well in pregnancy.


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Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can be treated: Just like depression in non-pregnant people, there are effective treatments that can help. The most common treatment for depression is anti-depressant medication, talk therapy, or both. If you have symptoms of depression such as sad mood, suicidal thoughts, little pleasure in life, or changes in energy/appetite/sleep, you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
68 doctors shared insights

Depression In Pregnancy (Overview)

Depression in pregnancy is a mood disorder condition that is common for many pregnant women. It is caused by hormonal changes that affect the brain. Receiving help and support is important since depression can be diagnosed, treated, and managed well in pregnancy.


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So what are the symptoms of depression in pregnancy?

So what are the symptoms of depression in pregnancy?

Same as depression: It really doesn't differ from depression in non pregnant patients. A depressed or sad mood, anhedonia (a lack of getting pleasure out of things that normally should please you), lack of sex drive, a flattened affect (meaning speach that lacks expression), and if severe thought of harming yourself or the baby. ...Read more

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Living with Major Depression (Tip)

Living with Major Depression

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a pervasive loss of ability to function normally. ...See more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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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 the tests for depression in pregnancy?

What are the tests for depression in pregnancy?

See Below: There are some standardized tests that can be performed by your doctor. The best way is a visit to your provider. Most of the time, depression can be diagnosed by observation and history. You can also google depression tests. ...Read more

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Living with Major Depression (Tip)

Living with Major Depression

Do my symptoms meet criteria for clinical depression? ...See more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss with your doctor your symptoms and get help
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Ask for a counseling referral. Talk therapy is key.
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Ask if you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily. If having trouble, start slow with a daily walk.
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What causes depression in pregnancy?

What causes depression in pregnancy?

Many reasons: The hormone Progesterone is probably a major reason. However other factors could be involved such as past history of depression, stress at work or home, concerns about money, etc. ...Read more

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Im 31 weeks pregnant and keep having dreams about committing suicide but i don't feel depressed. Could this mean I have pregnancy depression?

Im 31 weeks pregnant and keep having dreams about committing suicide but i don't feel depressed. Could this mean I have pregnancy depression?

Possibly: Please tell your OB doctor about this, so that your medical team can be aware. Are there concerns you have about being pregnant, or about the father, etc? Have you had depression before you became pregnant? Depression can develop over several months, and hopefully this will not worsen for you. Starting by talking with your doctor would be a good step. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more