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Menopause Depression Treatment
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
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
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Could i be goin thru menopause could it make my anxiety and depression worse im 49 still have periods?
Yes: You awe in the peri menopause and things are changing . Hormones are less consistent , sometimes there are aging issues, passage of fertility, and depression is common during this time. Treating with hormone replacement sometimes helps but is not helpful long term. It's a hard time. If you've had depression before you may need treatment. Solving one problem at a time helps. Exercise regularly. ...Read more
Different types: About 50-80% of women experience post partum "blues" in the first few weeks after delivery -- with mood lability, tearfulness, & irritability. Post-partum depression (PPD) is more severe, is clinically similar to depression at other times women's' lives -- and lifetime prevalence is 10-25%. Post-partum psychosis is 1-2/1000 women after childbirth. Rx for PPD is antidepressants & talk therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long does it take usually to get better from depression with the right treatment. Not including medication . I have depression, no meds, with counc?
Extremely variable: "right treatment" of depression may well involve medications, but you want an answer "not including medications." with them, many people do start to respond within 6-8 weeks. Treatment response times vary though, because people vary in their histories and situations. Some are extremely difficult, and current support quality varies also. All this can make recovery harder and lengthier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have many of the symptoms of clinical depression. I've accepted my depression as a part of life. How could medical treatment help me?
Depression: If depression is what you have, there are many effective treatments including psychotherapies and medications. Also there are lifestyle changes: consistent aerobic exercise; healthy diet (veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats, etc -- no processed foods!); connecting with others; spiritual practice; etc. Help is available with your doctor if you'd like it. Evaluation 1st, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your Options: There are many treatment option available which can be confusing. I would check out curecrowd.Com which crowd sources a multitude of type of treatment option available and is a great starting point. Here is the link http://curecrowd.Com/ailments/depression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...Read more
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