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Does Stress Cause Postpartum Depression
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
Not causal: People who are depressed will often experience an increase in anxiety due to their depression. They are related, but i would not say that anxiety, per se, causes depression. Increased stress in your life could, however, lead to both depression and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hysterectomy depress: Can hysterectomy cause postpartum depression ? The answer is no. But some women can experience depression in the post hysterectomy period where hysterectomy was done out side of pregnancy but this is not common. Other women have complained of sexual dysfunction following hysterectomy. If depression occurs after postpartum hysterectomy then it may be postpartum depression or a combination of both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Depression is a profound, even physical reaction to loneliness, loss, or hopelessness that blocks motivation to seek fulfillment or even survival. Pessimism is a thought process, an intellectual choice of how to look at the world and predict our fate. You can have one without the other. Mood and thought can affect each other but are not the same thing. ...Read more
It can: Situation depression, often called reactive depression, refers to changes in mood and functioning that result from something happening such as work-related stress or relationship problems. Symptoms can be as severe is "major depression, " including poor sleep, change in appetite, loss of energy, even suicidal thoughts. If it is overwhelming, seek help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Insomnia is actually one of the symptoms that is used to diagnose someone with depression, i.e. One can be classified as depressed if one has insomnia, one other symptom and depressed mood for at least two weeks continuously. So, since insomnia is so integral to how depression is diagnosed, it would be really difficult to make a study of how often insomnia leads to depression and vice versa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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