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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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Is conception, headaches feeling depressed a big sign of pregnancy?

Is conception, headaches feeling depressed a big sign of pregnancy?

Not usually: Those symptoms are not commonly associated with pregnancy. If you think you are pregnant, check a test. ...Read more

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I found out that i was pregnant and subsequently had a miscarriage and now i am feeling depressed and sad what should I do??

I found  out that  i was pregnant and subsequently  had a miscarriage  and  now  i am feeling  depressed  and sad what  should  I  do??

See your doctor: Reactive depression and sadness such as the feelings you are having are very common. Your doctor can help your healing process to start. Do not be afraid to call and make the appt. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Im12 weeks pregnant and feeling symptoms of depression. My naturopath gave me griffonia, told me to take 100 mg twice a day. Is it safe?

Im12 weeks pregnant and feeling symptoms of depression. My naturopath gave me griffonia, told me to take 100 mg twice a day.  Is it safe?

Griffonia contains: 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) a chemical precursor to the mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin. Because there is a lack of studies of the safety of this chemical, the university of maryland medical center & medlineplus, a service of the U.S. Library of medicine & national institutes of health, caution against taking 5-htp during pregnancy or if breast-feeding. ...Read more

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Feeling depressed towards the end of my pregnancy now after trying to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. Doing therapy. Am i hurting my baby?

Feeling depressed towards the end of my pregnancy now after trying to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. Doing therapy. Am i hurting my baby?

Also try relaxation: I understand you must be very worried about your mood changes. It would be more likely the baby might suffer more with some medications. So, you have made a good decision. I would advise to try some Cognitive Behavio Therapy, with emphasis on learning how to relax and positive thinking. The welcoming of your child should be a great motivation to to give up. I am glad you agreed to be in therapy. ...Read more

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I am feeling depressed and dizzy and lightheaded and hot I am 38 weeks + pregnant?

I am feeling depressed and dizzy and lightheaded and hot I am 38 weeks + pregnant?

Call your doc: Symptoms like you're having can be a sign of a few different conditions (e.g., preeclampsia, panic attack, virus) but they aren't to be ignored. Call your doctor who is planning to help you deliver or stop in at the urgent care center and let them know what's going on with you. ...Read more

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I got my period on the 21 of December my period stopped the 27 of December that same day i had sex with boyfriend and two days later i have been feeling depressed nauseous and dizzy and i do not know whats wrong with could i have possibly gotten pregnant?

I got my period on the 21 of December my period stopped the 27 of December that same day i had sex with boyfriend and two days later i have been feeling depressed nauseous and dizzy and i do not know whats wrong with could i have possibly gotten pregnant?

Unlikely: If symptoms persist would see your doctor and get a pregnancy test done but seems unlikely that you got pregnant and that the symptoms you are experiencing are related to pregnancy. More likely something else, probably self limited, is going on. Perhaps a viral syndrome. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy affect depression?

Does pregnancy affect depression?

Consultation needed: In some women, pregnancy can make depression worse; in some, it can make it better. The question often is whether to use pharmaceutical antidepressant medications while a woman is pregnant, and whether the intensity of symptoms makes it reasonable to risk potential effects in the infant. The answer is variable, and discussion with an experienced psychiatrist is very important. ...Read more

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Is depression a sign of early pregnancy?

Is depression a sign of early pregnancy?

No: The best way to determine pregnancy is with a pregnancy test. Worrying about whether one is pregnant can cause anxiety with problems sleeping, all of which may contribute for feeling depressed or sad. Feeling depressed can occur for a variety of reasons. Maybe an evaluation by a physician is in order to rule-out both depression and pregnancy and to also make sure nothing else is wrong? ...Read more

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What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

Depends: The food and drug administration assigns risk category ratings for drugs in pregnancy. Category c drugs have been suggested to cause problems in the fetus and should be used with caution in pregnancy if absolutely needed. Category d medications have been proven to cause serious harm to fetus and should be avoided. All the current antidepressants are either category c or d. ...Read more

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How can I tackel with a pregnant woman in depression?

How can I tackel with a pregnant woman in depression?

Increase Resources: Increasing resources with support, therapy and if needed medication. Being supportive to someone who is depressed includes validating their feelings and decreasing their isolation. ...Read more

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Pregnant-- can you give me advice (depression/anxiety)?

Pregnant-- can you give me advice (depression/anxiety)?

Tell your Ob: Doctor about your depression and all your symptoms (sleep, appetite and energy disturbances). Depression also can negatively effect the baby! ...Read more

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How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

Very common: Pregnancy and the post-partum time are very challenging. There is the loss of one's body to deal with along with a host of new challenges and responsibilities. There is a hormonal component to this as well and coupled with sleep loss and a very needful newborn, it is not surprising that depression can happen even with the best of circumstances and support systems. ...Read more

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Will my depression get better or get worse during a pregnancy?

Will my depression get better or get worse during a pregnancy?

Can't risk worsening: It was said, falsely, that pregnancy protects mood. In fact, stress between pending parents, psychological tensions of moving from adult child to parent, fear of the unknown, &possibly hormonal changes all can feed depression in pregnancy. The depression can hurt prenatal care, it can offer physiological harm to mother and fetus, &it's the number1risk for post-partum depression (a true emergency).So treat. ...Read more

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Is dealing with depression almost everyday bad when ur pregnant?

Is dealing with depression almost everyday bad when ur pregnant?

Yes: Your mood state can possibly effect the development of the baby both directly and indirectly. discuss with your obstetrician ...Read more

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Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

Not As Common: It is certainly possible for women to struggle with depression during pregnancy, and those who would be most likely to have depression would be women who have a history of depression or who are experiencing severe stress or lack of support in their environment. However, in general the pospartum period is a time of greater risk for depression compared to during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

Yes, but ...: If you have had postpartum depression with a previous pregnancy - or at any other time - you may get it again. But there are no known effective preventive measures, despite what some say. Talk to your obg doctor if at any time during or after your pregnancy you feel extremely anxious, irritable, depressed, cry for no reason, or have unreasonable fears for your baby. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

What should you do if you have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

Seek help: If you are feeling 'the blues' or depression, there are treatments for this and not all are medicinal. 'solo time', that is time for you to do what makes you you is very important and can, by itself, often help the problem immensely. Certainly family support systems, counselors and medical intervention are also available and important resources. Do not just try to 'tough it out'. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more