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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


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How long is it supposed to it take for fish oil to take affect for depression?

How long is it supposed to it take for fish oil to take affect for depression?

Fish oil: It is an adjunctive treatment. Thus, don't expect to see any abrupt changes in condition if you are using it. However, it is beneficial. ...Read more

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What supplements help relieve menopause syptoms I am fatigued gained weight moody depressed is there something i can take that does not cost a fortune to help me i take vit d fish oil green tea muti vit im tired of being tired 50 years old and do

What supplements help relieve menopause syptoms I am fatigued  gained weight moody depressed is there something i can take that does not cost a fortune  to help me   i take vit d  fish oil  green tea  muti vit  im tired of being tired 50 years old and do

Lots of options: Black cohosh, evening primrose oil, dong quai, gingko biloba, korean, siberian or panax ginseng, hops, red clover, soybeans, st. Jon's wort, vit e have all been prescribed for various menopause symtoms with varying results. Often you can find 'menopause' supplements containg combinations for the above. ...Read more

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When can you start feeling the full effects of fish oil for depression?

Maybe not Ever: Statistical associations between fish oil (actually dha & epa from phytoplankton) & depression have been observed, but this does not prove cause & effect & no double-blind clinical trials to demonstrate efficacy have been started, much less completed, to my awareness. A majority of research is observational because it is cheaper & is used for sales promotion. Good luck; yet buyer beware, as always. ...Read more

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Please describe a good brand of st. John's wort and/or fish oil for depression?

Please describe a good brand of st. John's wort and/or fish oil for depression?

Fish oil : Fish oil can help depression, usually along with conventional treatments. Studies do support fish oil, especially with epa-weighted products, as a management component in depressive disorders. http://tinyurl.com/ljredu8 choose a product that is molecularly distilled or otherwise guaranteed to be free of toxic contaminants. Nordic naturals, carlson's, omegabrite, barlean's etc. ...Read more

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People told me that taking fish oil pills can help my depression. is this right?

People told me that taking fish oil pills can help my depression. is this right?

No: Fish oil is a mild anti platelet agent whose main effect in prevention is helping lower triglycerides. It is an antioxidant with no other value. If you are seriously depressed consider discussing with your PCP or with a Psychiatrist. Help is available IF you look in the right places. ...Read more

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Do fish oil pills and/or the consumption of fatty fish help treat mild depression?

Do fish oil pills and/or the consumption of fatty fish help treat mild depression?

Fish oil-depression: Yes it can help. Fish oil and some fatty fish contain a lot of omega 3 oil which is an essential nutrient. About 50% of the brain cells are made up of essential fatty acids so a deficiency affects the brain. If you eat more fish, be sure it is wild caught e.g. Wild salmon as farmed fish have lots of contaminants. For fish oil get molecularly distilled type so it is free of pesticides etc. ...Read more

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Can i start taking fish oil or do I have to ask my doctor first? Which brand is the best to help with depression. Is nature maid fish oil a good one?

Can i start taking fish oil or do I have to ask my doctor first? Which brand is the best to help with depression. Is nature maid fish oil a good one?

OK to start but also: Fish oil is perfectly safe; you don't have to ask your doc but should tell him or her. Fish oil can improve results when added to drugs for depression but it's not yet clear how much it helps depression by itself. Choose a brand that's purified-nature made is, so it's ok, but one that is also esterified, like nordic naturals, may be better absorbed. While fish oil can help, see comment for more:. ...Read more

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Which is better for depression: fish oil or cod liver oil?

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Which is better for depression: fish oil or cod liver oil?

Fish oil fordepressi: For boosting immune system, as antioxidants, both are ok, but for treating major depression, doubt either would be that beneficial by themselves. ...Read more

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It is true that fish oil can help protect against manic depression?

It is true that fish oil can help protect against manic depression?

Bipolar depression : Mixed, but mainly positive evidence has been found for omega-3 for bipolar depression, while no evidentiary support has been found for use in mania. Some believe omega-3 fatty acid deficiency to be a risk factor and possibly treatment in with omega-3 fatty acids in the prodromal phase may be of benefit. No one really knows for certain at this time. Unlikely to hurt though. ...Read more

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Does fish oil or any other OTC drug or supplement work for depression/low mood?

Does fish oil or any other OTC drug or supplement work for depression/low mood?

Fish oil maybe: Definitely, there is or are supplements that can get you out of depressed stat. Please log on to www.Drernie.Co.Cc to find the best supplements. ...Read more

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I am allergic to iodine, shrimp, lobster, seaweed, but can eat crab, fish clams, octopus. I would like to start taking fish oil for depression. Can I?

I am allergic to iodine, shrimp, lobster, seaweed, but can eat crab, fish clams, octopus. I would like to start taking fish oil  for depression. Can I?

Allergy testing: It is unusual to be able to eat crabs and seafood with such a strong history of iodine and multiple seafood allergies. I would not recommend fish oil at this time. If you are depressed, there are medications and counseling that can help - see your Doctor. If you have not been evaluated for specific food allergies, seeing an Allergist for testing is advised. ...Read more

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Will omega 3 fish oil supplements help with depression or is that just a myth?

Will omega 3 fish oil supplements help with depression or is that just a myth?

Omega 3s support: brain health and through that mood and cognition. You need good quality and the right dose or it won't help. Read the label to see that the combo of EPA & DHA equals 50% or more of the total capsule mgs. Fish Oil needs to be pure, pharmaceutical grade. Res-Q is a good brand, as is Nordic Naturals. ProThera is good but you need a health pro to get it for you. One cap won't do it. ...Read more

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Started taking fish oil for bipolar/depression. Seem to have increased anxiety and fatigue? Normal? Will it subside?

Started taking fish oil for bipolar/depression. Seem to have increased anxiety and fatigue? Normal? Will it subside?

Insufficient data: Whether the studies showing this are accurate is very problematic. Strongly suggest that you consult again with the psychiatrist treating your bipolar disorder. There are multiple ways of approaching this and an expert in this area can surely help you. Good luck and hope you improve soon. ...Read more

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If you are diagnozed with heartburn Can fish oil and multivitamins make worst the heartburn if you take 3000 mg fish oil a day for deppresion?

If you are  diagnozed with heartburn Can fish oil and multivitamins  make worst  the heartburn  if you take 3000 mg fish oil a  day for deppresion?

On an empty stomach: Vitamins should always be taken after a meal, otherwise you may get stomach upset. Fish oil should be stored in the refrigerator to help guard against rancidity and decrease the bad burping taste that may develop. ...Read more

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How much fish oil should I take daily?

Fish Oil: Look for a brand with 1600mg of Omega 3. DHA and EPA Take 5ml two times per day. there are also good products in gel caps http://mtex.it/96nt5aq0 ...Read more

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Fish Oil (Definition)

Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more