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Sad Estrogen Prevent Depression
Sad or depressed?: It is unclear if you are having enough symptoms of depression to make it advisable to take measures (whether hormonal or prophylactic medication) to prevent postpartum depression. Getting sad periodically is normal, especially if there is a reason. In order to address this individually, see a mental health professional with expertise in perinatal issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Live well!: Eat healthfully. Socialize w/good friends ; family. Get good sleep every nite. Exercise daily. Volunteer ur time. Read good books. Try to find a job u love. Treat urself w/kindness and dignity. Love urself, love others. Meditate. Avoid nightly ; cable news (not a joke!). Don't overspend. Save for retirement. Even w/all that, u may feel sad sometimes. It's ok to feel the feelings; therapy can help. ...Read more
Depression Prevent: Spend time with your friends. If a religion, practice it routinely. Exercise - but do not overdo it. Insist on restorative sleep. Avoid anything more than infrequent alcohol intake. Emphasize happines, fun, and pleasure as part of your life goals. Mindful meditation practiced routinely helps. Being grateful, forgiving youself/others, engaging in flow experiences. Have clear goals and find meaning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good, tough question: "Depression" is only a word, used variably, without confirmed, specific biology. So, discussion starts there. However, depression is typically "constitutional" (genetics or early trauma) or "acquired" (life circumstances). Treatment of former is long term and cure rare. Treatment of latter >> fix how you approach the disparity between what you believe your life should be v. what it is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps briefly: As dr. Ali says, dark chocolate may help lift mood briefly. However, at least one study in san diego showed that people who ate the most chocolate had the most likelihood of depression. http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20100426/more-chocolate-means-more-depression-or-vice-versa also if you use a product containing artificial trans fat, it may interfere with healthy omega-3 fat metabolism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Endorphins: Your body produces specific chemicals when you excercise. A group of these are called endorphins and can improve mood. In addition you then sleep better and have better appetite. Better body condition improves self esteem. However do not overdo excercise. Physical and mental exhaustion can make you worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevent depression: Some would say (somewhat jokingly) to choose your parents well. But besides that, you can make sure to eat healthily, avoiding processed foods; get regular exercise that you enjoy; consistent rest/sleep. Maintain healthy loving relationships w/family and friends. Involve yourself in life -- let yourself be curious & creative, and let your work be something you love to do. Spiritual practice too. ...Read more
How do I know if I am depressed or temporarily down because of health and other issues? Ways to prevent depression? Dont want to take antidep
Depression: Symptoms of depression last at least longer than 2 weeks and are often initiated by stress or health issues. Preventing depression means taking care of your health in general, especially 7-9 hours of sleep per night and frequent exercise. I suggest accomplishing small goals daily to increase self-esteem and interact with supportive people. 1-800-273-8255 if suicidal thoughts or plans. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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