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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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Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can be treated: Just like depression in non-pregnant people, there are effective treatments that can help. The most common treatment for depression is anti-depressant medication, talk therapy, or both. If you have symptoms of depression such as sad mood, suicidal thoughts, little pleasure in life, or changes in energy/appetite/sleep, you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Yes: that can occur. But there is usually a mix of genetics and environment at play. There may be skip generations. Penetrance for genetic predispositions is variable. You might look at a family line and see that one person has unipolar depression, another is bipolar, one has anxiety disorders and another suffers from substance abuse. In other words- it is not as simple as bipolar begets bipolar. ...Read more

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What can be done for an onset of severe body dysmorphia while 12 weeks pregnant? Depression and anxiety included.

What can be done for an onset of severe body dysmorphia while 12 weeks pregnant? Depression and anxiety included.

Support: Hi Laura, it's great that you are reaching out for support. Would recommend working with a therapist with experience in body image and pregnancy. This blog also has multiple links to organizations that can provide reputable information and referrals: https://let-there-be-light.net/need-help/. You can also schedule through concierge. Take care ; let us know if we can help. ...Read more

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What can be done about depression in perimenopause?

What can be done about depression in perimenopause?

Two thoughts.: Use of an ssri can help lift mood (treat depression) and treat hot flashes. There are a number of studies about use of Lexapro (escitalopram) to lessen hot flashes. Second consider talking therapy in addition. ...Read more

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Does having ADHD cause any depression symptoms in pregnancy?

Does having ADHD cause any depression symptoms in pregnancy?

Causative?: I have never heard that adhd causes a pregnant woman to be depressed. Depression can however be associated with adhd (but doesn't have to be). ...Read more

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Can't get triple column for depression in US in App Store. Any other apps for depression and panic disorder?

Can't get triple column for depression in US in App Store. Any other apps for depression and panic disorder?

Depression and: triple column technique. You will find that technique in a book by David Burns called "Feeling Good." It is simple but very helpful and can be explained in a paragraph. You only need the book and an notebook. No need to by workbook unless you want to. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is doxycycline in any way related to spontaneous suicide, mood swings, or depression?

Is doxycycline in any way related to spontaneous suicide, mood swings, or depression?

No: The only reported psychiatric side effect of doxycline is Anxiety (2%). If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Rhinitis, hives, anxiety, depression. Tested positive for hyperthyroidism and specialist appt only in 6 mths. Any strategies to cope in the meantime?

Rhinitis, hives, anxiety, depression. Tested positive for hyperthyroidism and specialist appt only in 6 mths. Any strategies to cope in the meantime?

Many symptoms: Are you being treated for hyperthyroidism? Your primary doctor should check your thyroid labs every 3-4 months to make sure that the dosing is OK. Regarding depression you should get a referral to a Psychologist. ...Read more

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Can a change in meds for anxiety and depression make you feel completely out of wack as if you have the worst jet lag in history ?

Can a change in meds for anxiety and depression make you feel completely out of wack as if you have the worst jet lag in history ?

Yes: If you feel that way, you should call the office of your prescriber. It sounds like mayber they increased the medication too much. However, it could also be the change in meds may have known side-effects that will pass with time - still your doctor needs to make that call! ...Read more

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If I'm in therapy for body dysmorphia as well as depression and anxiety, would a psychiatrist, who I'd seek out at the advice of my therapist, be willing to prescribe, if appropriate, antidepressants that do not promote weight gain at my request?

If I'm in therapy for body dysmorphia as well as depression and anxiety, would a psychiatrist, who I'd seek out at the advice of my therapist, be willing to prescribe, if appropriate, antidepressants that do not promote weight gain at my request?

Body dysmorphic: Disorder. Please do discuss medication w/the psychiatrist to whom you are referred. it sounds like your current therapist is working hard to help you. Does he/she specialize in Body Dysmorphic Disorder? If not, consider getting a second opinion as well. Several points of view can be very helpful. Peace and good health as you grow into letting go of real/imagined flaws you see. ...Read more

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Can you have bipolar disorder and severe depression at the same time?

Can you have bipolar disorder and severe depression at the same time?

Yes: The severe depression is one of the two poles in bipolar disorder. The other end of the pole is mania or hypomania (when someone might be elated, agitated, impulsive, with high energy level & ^ productivity). A person may vacilate between depressed and manic/ hypomanic periods. They may have normal periods in between (or not). Mixed mood is also possible. ...Read more

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What's safe during pregnancy to take to help with anxiety/depression and panic attack that cause blackouts/rage/shock.?

What's safe during pregnancy to take to help with anxiety/depression and panic attack that cause blackouts/rage/shock.?

Psychiatry eval.: I must disagree with my colleagues around this specific question. One has to balance the danger from anxiety/depression/blackouts/rage/shock and medication side effects during pregnancy. There are meds that are relatively safe to take, but do have some risks. Please seek a qualified psychiatry evaluation to weigh the risks/benefits of treatment with medication. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Multiple diagnoses: It is possible to see 10 different docs and describe the same symptoms and get 10 different diagnoses. But a mature experienced therapist, a trauma expert, would be able to sort through it all. This is critical because otherwise you could end up on too many different drugs and never get better. Many severe trauma experiences can result in symptoms that mimic the other dx, even including hallucina ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

No evidence found: No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism. Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribe antidepressants during pregnancy despite the risk?

Why would a doctor prescribe antidepressants during pregnancy despite the risk?

Deperesion/pregnancy: There are risks to having untreated depression during pregnancy. The possible risks of using medication are low, and may be less than the risks of not using medication. ...Read more

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Could it take longer to see pregnancy through transvaginal ultrasound in case of having twin pregnancy ?

Could it take longer to see pregnancy through transvaginal ultrasound in case of having twin pregnancy ?

No : Having a twin pregnancy would have no impact on when you could see it via ultrasound. A pregnancy can usually be seen 6-7 weeks after your last period. ...Read more

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Any thoughts as to what would cause a sudden drop in TSH in the last trimester? I'm 32 weeks pregnant with twins.

Any thoughts as to what would cause a sudden drop in TSH in the last trimester? I'm 32 weeks pregnant with twins.

Fluctuations: In thyroid function are common in pregnancy. I do not know what you mean by a "drop" in tsh, as you give no values. Check w/your doctor or an endocrinologist and they can certainly help you. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more