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Doctor insights on: How Can Menstrual Cycles Affect Depression

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Might depression worsen while on menstrual cycle?

Might depression worsen while on menstrual cycle?

Yes: Hormone fluctuations alone can cause symptoms of depression. If you already have clinical depression, your symptoms may be worse around the time of your menses. ...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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Is having an irregular menstrual cycle linked to having depression?

Is having an irregular menstrual cycle linked to having depression?

POSSIBLY: I have seen that many times, but i like to be sure there isn't another cause. Therapy and meds can help with the depression, but check out the menstrual cucal with your o.B. Too. ...Read more

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What else helps anxiety and depression esp before my menstrual period, antidepressants don't help, is there anything natrual? Or could it be bad pms?

What else helps anxiety and depression esp before my menstrual period, antidepressants don't help, is there anything natrual? Or could it be bad pms?

Your sxs may be: Related to pms. Consider talking w your dr about ssri’s or hormone meds. Exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. ...Read more

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I am experiencing depression for the 1st time in my life(im f/30)have been on bupropion for 8wks with minimal results.Do you suggest trying ssris? My physical, b12, b1, menstrual&lifestyle are superb.

I am experiencing depression for the 1st time in my life(im f/30)have been on bupropion for 8wks with minimal results.Do you suggest trying ssris? My physical, b12, b1, menstrual&lifestyle are superb.

Suggestions?: If you aren't doing so already, i suggest working with a psychiatrist on these questions. All antidepressants (including bupropion) require several weeks for results -- and you may still have some yet to come. Have you also had your thyroid function checked? This can complicate issues if not investigated. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. Take care. ...Read more

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How to prevent mild depression and sleepiness due to my menstrual cycle?

How to prevent mild depression and sleepiness due to my menstrual cycle?

Depression: Pms is probably a form of depression with hormonal triggers. People with mild depression often worsen prior to their periods. The depression is often associated with a lot of anxiety. Low dose antidepressants used regularly or sometimes for two weeks prior to period can help and avoid the need for hormones. Very mild cases exercise and low dose antianxiety med may help. ...Read more

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How to prevent mild depression and sleepiness during my menstrual cycle?

How to prevent mild depression and sleepiness during my menstrual cycle?

Just a little,really: A low dose of an inexpensive (generic) antidepressant can make all the difference. I've seen it. If your family physician is knowledgeable about this, ok. But please consult a well trained psychiatrist with experience in this particular difficulty. Paroxetine or buproprion are each a good place to start. And do make sure side effects r understood for the 3 days of use. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be extremely emotional and depressed before, during, and after a menstrual cycle?

Not extremely: It is not uncommon to have some mood changes, but when the changes are extreme and are disruptive to relationships, work, or significantly impact on quality fo life it woudld be wise to speak to your ob/gyn, it is possible one could have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (pmdd). This often responds to treatment. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old & I have a very bad mood swings. I feel depressed during my pre-menstrual phase (one week prior to my periods). What is my problem?

I am 23 years old & I have a very bad mood swings. I feel depressed during my pre-menstrual phase (one week prior to my periods). What is my problem?

Recommendation : Many woman are having mood swings related to their period. Some of them taking medications, but my advice to use physical exercise or yoga or swimming to help yourself. This is nothing wrong with you. Just be strong and enjoy life. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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