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What are the effects of menopause on depression? What are the effects of menopause on depression? What are treatment options and suggestions for coping?

What are the effects of menopause on depression? What are the effects of menopause on depression? What are treatment options and suggestions for coping?

That : That is a good question. Menopause can have different effects on different patients. Some patients have absolutely no mood changes, some patients note mood swings, and some have worsening depression. If a patient had worsening depression there are hormonal and non-hormonal treatments that may improve their symptoms, so it is worthwhile to see a provider in that situation. Exercise, increased sleep, and healthy eating can also stablize mood in mild cases, but in more severe cases medications may be necessary. ...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 depression a symptom of menopause?

Is depression a symptom of menopause?

Menapause & depressi: Women going through menapause may develop depression. On the other hand most women going through menapause do not develop depression. Both conditions can develop independently. Most women who become depressed are not going through menapause. ...Read more

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Depression, is there an effective treatment?

Depression, is there an effective treatment?

Cognitive-behavioral: Therapy is the most effective treatment available for depression. It may sometimes need to be supplemented with medication for best results. It's also helpful to exercise, engage is social interaction & engrossing activities, practice gratitude, do kind things for others, develop & commit to meaningful goals, practice stress management, and talk to trusted, empathic people. ...Read more

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How is meds used in the treatment of depression?

How is meds used in the treatment of depression?

Please have : an older sibling ask the question. Rules of health tap have to be 16 or older ...Read more

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What are the natural depression treatment methods?

What are the natural depression treatment methods?

Some options: Start with talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book" ...Read more

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How good is st john's wort as treatment for depression?

How good is st john's wort as treatment for depression?

St. John's wort: Works ok for few no. Of patients with mild symptoms who can't tolerate or choose not to take antidepressants. ...Read more

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I was wondering is ect an effective treatment for depression?

I was wondering is ect an effective treatment for depression?

Very effective: Ect (electroconvulsive therapy, commonly called "shock treatment") is very effective for severe depression. It's usually given 3 times weekly for a few weeks, not just once. It's reserved for severe cases unresponsive to other treatment, as ECT requires anesthesia ; other drugs to manage the induced seizure, ; can cause memory loss (amnesia) ; other serious side-effects. Best as a last resort. ...Read more

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Is there treatment-resistant depression?

Is there treatment-resistant depression?

Yes: But the definition is usually failure of 2-3 different treatments. Treatment-resistant doesn't mean incurable. Very often people have gotten multiple antidepressant trials without much benefit, but they were all similar medications or too short trials. There are many strategies and combinations as well as ECT that often work when others fail. See my book, psychiatry in techno colors. ...Read more

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What is inpatient treatment for depression like?

What is inpatient treatment for depression like?

Possibilities: You will have your medications clarified and adjusted. You will also learn some coping skills for dealing with suicidal thoughts and talk with others. I wish you well. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for situational depression?

Treatment options: Talking with a therapist or psychologist may be helpful to assist you in identifying the issues that are precipitating the depression and helping you to find better more effective ways of coping with the depression. Change your situation if you can, rather than just looking for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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