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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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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 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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Can you have on / off depression in pregnancy?

Can you have on / off depression in pregnancy?

Yes: You can have on and off depression when pregnant just as you can when not pregnant. Pregnancy is not thought to increase or decrease the risk of depr., unlike in the post-partum where the risk is the greatest. If your depression is persistent and/or is interfering with your ability to function/care for yourself please talk to your doctor. Unaddressed depression in pregnancy can effect the baby! ...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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What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

5-25 %: Depending on how the studies have defined depression (major versus minor, etc.) and whether postpartum depression has been included in that definition, the incidence has been estimated at anywhere from 5-25%. If there are any concerns about possible depression, have a conversation with your provider. ...Read more

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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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I don't want to develop depression in pregnancy? What's my best bet?

I don't want to develop depression in pregnancy? What's my best bet?

Several ways: If you have a history of depression, then exercise daily (especially outside) even just walking briskly for 30 minutes a day and counseling are two big ways to help prevent or treat the symptoms. If you are having depression, certainly let your obstetrician know. There are many treatments available. Eating balanced meals with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables helps too. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about going through serious depression in pregnancy?

Can you tell me about  going through serious depression in pregnancy?

When a woman: Has depression during pregnancy - the woman, her psychiatrist ; her obstetrician need to work as a team to determine what is in her best interest. The cost vs benefit of pharmacological treatment must be weighed. Her degree of impairment is a major factor in deciding if medications will be taken. Another option - I have treated pregnant women who had anxiety or depression w acupuncture as they. ...Read more

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How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

Stay Safe: If you are depressed, make sure you have a therapist and hopefully also a psychiatrist. You may be able to handle your depression with therapy, exercise and a healthy diet, but it is important to have support around you. Depression can be as serious and as deadly as heart disease and you need to make sure you have the right team. ...Read more

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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. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

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 ...Read more