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Is taking oral contraceptive pills is a reason for depression?

Is taking oral contraceptive pills is a reason for depression?

Maybe: Rarely a woman may get depression symptoms from taking oral contraceptives. Usually they are predisposed to depression to begin with. If you were well, started the pill, and got depressed, simply discontinue the pill, use alternate form of contraception and see if you get better. It may take 1-2 weeks to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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I have postpartum depression. Does that cause burning/tingling sensation in the head? Is it bad? Really scared. Plz help

I have postpartum depression. Does that cause burning/tingling sensation in the head? Is it bad? Really scared. Plz help

Talk to your doctor: It is important to seek treatment from a mental health provider with specialization in treating postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Many women need a combined treatment approach with medication and therapy. ...Read more

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What causes postpartum depression?

What causes postpartum depression?

Not Certain: The reasons for postpartum depression are not certain. However, there are suggestions that the sudden hormonal changes that take place at the end of pregnancy are involved. The are questions as to why some women are affected and others are not. A previous history of depression increased the risk of postpartum depression, as does previous episodes of postpartum depression. ...Read more

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Define postpartum depression and describe its causes?

Difficulty coping: Affecting about 10% of new moms, women with postpartum depression have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that cause them difficulty coping with their daily tasks. It can occur anytime after delivery but usually starts 1-3 weeks after delivery. It is likely from body, mind and lifestyle factors combined. These women need treatment with counseling and sometimes medication. ...Read more

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Can postpartum depression cause women to feel changing emotions?

Yes: Post partum depression is often accompanied by anxiety. Anxiety over germ phobia, responsibilities of becoming a parent worrying about the child's health.Paranoid thoughts and delusions occur infrequently and require urgent care. ...Read more

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What are the causes of depression? What about postpartum depression?

What are the causes of depression? What about postpartum depression?

Quite Complex!: Mood disorders are very complex -quite often it may be situational, more often than recognized, "in the family" or genetic. Nutrition, hormones, undesired life changes, loss of a loved one -even a pet can send your outlook and persona down to the negative numbers. Even the best swimmers sometimes need help getting ashore. Depression, while complex, is treatable. Lots of initial self-screen on web. ...Read more

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How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

Sometimes: Sometimes they improve mood, and sometimes they make it worse. Progesterone seems more likely to worsen mood. ...Read more

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I get severely depressed from oral contraceptive (beyaz, alesse). What options do I have besides condoms?

I get severely depressed from oral contraceptive (beyaz, alesse). What options do I have besides condoms?

Birth control: There are other barrier methods like diaphragm. Also there are iud's. However these methods would still leave you exposed to std's. If not in a monogamous relationship, condoms might make the most sense. Talk with your gyn physician or family care clinic. Be well. ...Read more

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Do all birth control pills have depression as a side effect? Are there any that don't cause this?

Do all birth control pills have depression as a side effect? Are there any that don't cause this?

Depression ; OC's: Oral contraceptives (oc's) can all cause depression, but this effect is not automatic for all women. Emotional balance is a very complex thing, not regulated by hormones alone -- yet in some women can certainly be affected by them. You ; your ob-gyn physician may find that oc's differ in these effects for you. You may also have a depression which needs treatment regardless of oc's. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills cause depression to become worse?

Can birth control pills cause depression to become worse?

Yes: Most BCP's are well- tolerated. However, sometimes depression symptoms can worsen while on birth control pills. Talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. It may be necessary to make a change. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more