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Is taking oral contraceptive pills is a reason for depression?

Is taking oral contraceptive pills is a reason for depression?

Maybe: Rarely a woman may get depression symptoms from taking oral contraceptives. Usually they are predisposed to depression to begin with. If you were well, started the pill, and got depressed, simply discontinue the pill, use alternate form of contraception and see if you get better. It may take 1-2 weeks to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

Sometimes: Sometimes they improve mood, and sometimes they make it worse. Progesterone seems more likely to worsen mood. ...Read more

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I get severely depressed from oral contraceptive (beyaz, alesse). What options do I have besides condoms?

I get severely depressed from oral contraceptive (beyaz, alesse). What options do I have besides condoms?

Birth control: There are other barrier methods like diaphragm. Also there are iud's. However these methods would still leave you exposed to std's. If not in a monogamous relationship, condoms might make the most sense. Talk with your gyn physician or family care clinic. Be well. ...Read more

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Does postpartum depression more often affect those who already suffer from it?

Does postpartum depression more often affect those who already suffer from it?

Yes: If you have had postpartum depression before, your risk of a re-occurence increases with subsequent pregnancies. If you have had or currently experience depression, you are higher risk during the postpartum period than a woman who has no history of depression. ...Read more

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Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Maybe indirectly: A mother who is severely depressed may not bond with her newborn, may socially isolate, be irritable or physically agressive or simply lack the motivation or energy to take care of her child or children. It can sometimes be quite devastating. That is one reason that it is so imporant to get professional help - to avoid a negative impact on the children. But also, no woman wants to suffer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have postpartum depression even when your child is over a year old?

Is it possible to have postpartum depression even when your child is over a year old?

Maybe: One can develop depression any time. If you were not depressed during the first few months after your baby is born, we wouldn't call it postpartum depression. If you were depressed during the postpartum period and it wasn't treated, you may still be depressed when the baby is a year old. Untreated postpartum depression often lasts over a year. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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Do women who deliver by cesarean have a higher percentage of postpartum depression?

Do women who deliver by cesarean have a higher percentage of postpartum depression?

Yes : There is some research linking higher rates of post partum depression on wen who have had c- sections. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

2 general types: Generally there are two types of depression listed in the DSM5. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. ...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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more