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Failure To Thrive Postpartum Depression
Maybe indirectly: A mother who is severely depressed may not bond with her newborn, may socially isolate, be irritable or physically agressive or simply lack the motivation or energy to take care of her child or children. It can sometimes be quite devastating. That is one reason that it is so imporant to get professional help - to avoid a negative impact on the children. But also, no woman wants to suffer. ...Read more
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
5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?
Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is no proof of: There is no proof that it does and it is unlikely. ...Read more
Can exercise lead to depression due to "runner's high", i.e. release of "happy" chemicals? With "happy" drugs depression always ensues.
No: The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
Anxiety/stress: Involves numerous hormones that stimulate the autonomic nervous system, increase blood volume and blood pressure, stimulate the adrenal glands, affect metabolism of sugar, fat and protein, affect the immune system, etc. In other words, anxiety/stress affect virtually every part of your physiology and when chronic can contribute to many illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Most depression remains unipolar, does not become bipolar, if not treated. Bipolar disorder commonly has, as a first episode, a depression. If untreated, it can continue as depression, or resolve, or, less commonly, switch to a manic or hypomanic or mixed state. It can be very difficult to distinguish whether a first episode of depression is unipolar or bipolar. Best to consult a psychiatrist. ...Read more
How can you treat chronic organic poatstroke anxiety and depression if the patient suffers from urinary retention?
Anxiety & Depression: need to be treated by learning strategies to manage those conditions. A clinical psychologist can be helpful w/that. A urologist can help w/the urine retention. The doc can use several methods, e.g., a catheter or teach the person to self-cath when needing to urinate. Peace and good health. Get together a plan of action and work on each part of the situation. Progress in any area helps. ...Read more
Higher Risk: Individuals with depression and anxiety have a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who do not. The exact connection as to why is still being researched. The bottom line is if you have depression or anxiety, get treatment and take care of yourself. Omega 3 can be helpful for both your mood and heart. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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