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Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

No: One study shows that infants of depressed mothers actually had slightly higher cortisol levels than others, especially if the mom had anxiety also: http://tinyurl.Com/k5cgwfo these changes no longer existed at 18 mo, perhaps when the infants' self-regulatory abilities kick in. Maternal depression can have other effects on infant development, though: http://tinyurl.Com/ltlfasx. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress or anxiety lower testosterone in men?

Can stress or anxiety lower testosterone in men?

Defitely yes: Testosterone levels can decrease with acute or chronic stress or anxiety. Theory is that the stress or "flight and fright" hormoes, epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and cortisol. This lowers the anabolic (tissue build up) process and inhibits testosterone production. This is reversed after stress and anxiety are relieved. ...Read more

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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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During pregnancy, are depression & anxiety and low potassium somehow related?

During pregnancy, are depression & anxiety and low potassium somehow related?

Not necessarily: During pregnancy, some women (especially those with prior histories of depression and anxiety) can be at risk for developing depression and anxiety. This can be related to the physical and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy as well as the stress of the pregnancy (change is stressful even when it is a good change). Low potassium is not directly related to either, but can also occur. ...Read more

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What changes take place in the heart due to chronic stress / anxiety?

What changes take place in the heart due to chronic stress / anxiety?

Mind over matter: There are differences between stress and anxiety, but here I'll focus on stress. Chronic stress can be damaging to the heart and other organs, raising blood pressure, causing rapid heart rate, increasing belly fat, etc.; but how you think of stress is also a factor. If you think of it as dangerous, it will be. If you perceive it positively, research suggests it won't be damaging. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety mimic pregnancy symptoms?

Can stress and anxiety mimic pregnancy symptoms?

Rarely: There have been rare cases of "hysterical pregnancy" reported in history - i'm not sure if they still are, but it would be rare and probably additional diagnoses would be involved. ...Read more

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Can stress cause fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

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Can stress cause  fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Yes: Unfortunately, the truthful answer to the question is yet, but in many cases, we will see many women with fibromyalgia and certain other auto-immune disorders actually improve during their pregnancies. For unexplained reasons, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, and other symptoms can improve during pregnancy. However, there is a risk for a relapse in the post-partum time period. ...Read more

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Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Yes: that can occur. But there is usually a mix of genetics and environment at play. There may be skip generations. Penetrance for genetic predispositions is variable. You might look at a family line and see that one person has unipolar depression, another is bipolar, one has anxiety disorders and another suffers from substance abuse. In other words- it is not as simple as bipolar begets bipolar. ...Read more

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Is there any mental stress during pregnancy?

Is there any mental stress during pregnancy?

Yes: All of pregnancy is mental stress. Good and bad. The stress on body and body changes, hoping that everything will be all right, changes to family dynamic, money, other health issues...The list is endless. ...Read more

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What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

What are the effects to the baby from maternal stress, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy?

Stress &fetal effect: Stress releases chemicals and affects your hormones as well and they can affect your fetus. Grandmothers alwasy say if one wants a happy baby the mom needs to stay happy! ...Read more

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Is there a test for acth antibodies in an, depression and other stress disorders?

Is there a test for acth antibodies in an, depression and other stress disorders?

Not to my knowledge: There's a pop / speculative literature about "hypothalamic - pituitary - adrenal axis disease" in people with anxiety, depression and vulnerability to life's stresses. The vicissitudes of life are known to alter the hormones in this system, but most folks here probably think the focus should remain on learning new life skills, ways to manage your inner life & getting help with situations. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Not necessarily: I need to have more information what you mean. If you aren't able to sleep (insomnia or early morning wakening with difficulty falling back to sleep) that may be a sign that some depression is starting. However, many pregnant women may have difficulty getting comfortable especially as they get larger or have to awaken to use the bathroom. So i would advise you to discuss this with your ob-gyne. ...Read more

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Can meditation music lower stress, anxiety and the symptoms of depression?

Can meditation music lower stress, anxiety and the symptoms of depression?

Yes: Meditation is a great way to de-stress and cope with our chaotic lives. Exercise is also a great way to cope with stress. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy, so the exercise itself doesn't become a chore. ...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 diabetes cause depression? Can diabetes cause fluctuations in hormones that could result in clinical depression? .

Can diabetes cause depression? Can diabetes cause fluctuations in hormones that could result in clinical depression?

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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

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Is doxycycline in any way related to spontaneous suicide, mood swings, or depression?

Is doxycycline in any way related to spontaneous suicide, mood swings, or depression?

No: The only reported psychiatric side effect of doxycline is Anxiety (2%). If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Had miscarriage at 42, 1st pregnancy. Could the hormonal changes from the pregnancy induce menopause in any way?

Had miscarriage at 42, 1st pregnancy. Could the hormonal changes from the pregnancy induce menopause in any way?

Not at all: Sorry about the miscarriage. No neither pregnancy nor menopause influences the other: endocrinological (hormonally) you can almost think of them as opposite ends of the same situation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does psychological stress effect oxidative stress in cancer patients?

How does psychological stress effect oxidative stress in cancer patients?

Awesome question!: Recent study supports the emerging model that chronic stress exposure promotes oxidative damage through frequent and sustained activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It also supports the less studied model of 'eustress' - that manageable levels of life stress may enhance psychobiological resilience to oxidative damage. Best regards. ...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

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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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