Postpartum

Postpartum Depression Breastfeeding – It’s Importance

Is postpartum depression breastfeeding a concern? PPD or most popularly known as “baby blues” is a condition that affects almost 70% of women after giving birth to their baby. There are many women who have been able to successfully overcome the symptoms .

However, it is important to note that there are differing types of postpartum depression and at first it can look like the normal blues, but the depression could be more severe and long lasting. This could cause problems for both the mother and the baby.

Negative feelings of guilt and worthlessness, anxiety about hurting the baby, lack of any concern for self, weight and appetite changes, changes in sleeping patterns, lack of pleasure in anything, persistent thoughts of suicide or death, and lack of joy in the newborn etc are typical signs of postpartum depression. It generally sets in right after childbirth and starts to develop gradually over the months.

Postpartum depression anxiety can also appear months later or even suddenly and is nonetheless a serious condition that needs treatment.

One of the most frequently discussed topics today is “postpartum depression and breastfeeding“ This is an issue that does cause pain for those mothers who suffer from postpartum anxiety and who find it hard to breastfeed because the baby cannot nurse, she has a low supply of milk, or they are on a particular medication that is not suitable while nursing.

Many mothers therefore refuse to go in for treatment due to the medication that might interfere with nursing. But these mothers often are unaware of the many dangers of PPD that is untreated for both the child and the mother.

Breastfeeding is a way for a mother to feel really close and bonded with their newborn child and thus there are those who choose to breastfeed whether they are on medication or not.

It is essential for every mother to understand the facts about medication and nursing. There are certain options that treat your legitimate health needs as well as preserve the breastfeeding of your child.

Your baby’s needs and yours need not be in conflict. Everyone knows that breastfeeding preserves life and it not only nurtures but sustains you and your precious baby!Regardless of the fact that some moms do find it hard to breastfeed it is common knowledge and a fact that mothers can get treatment options that can help them bond successfully with their babies.

The range of treatments that include medication, psychotherapy and even supportive groups are highly successful and scores of women are being helped.

It is said that breastfeeding may definitely have a good and positive influence and impact on postpartum depression both emotionally and hormonally.

This is because “oxytocin” – a hormone that is released during breastfeeding – is found to be a great help to women who have symptoms.

There are plenty of women who have testified that the emotional benefits of breastfeeding their babies have helped them fight postpartum depression anxiety.

The nursing has helped mothers to stay connected and bonded to their newborns. The mother feels satisfied and in a way powerful when she realizes that her little baby is counting on her for everything.

Remedies

Natural Depression Remedies – How To Treat Symptoms

If you suffer from depression or know somebody who does, you may think that treatment for this serious disease is as simple as using a few natural depression remedies or a quick trip to the doctor’s office. While it’s true that depression may be addressed by either prescription drugs or natural remedies, a combination of both is probably more effective. First of all, when we use the term depression, we’re not speaking about a spiritual slump, or a bout of sadness brought about by a lover’s spat. These circumstances may cause a temporary sense of unhappiness or hopelessness, but real depression – clinical depression – is more all encompassing, sometimes even deadly, and can last a lifetime. This condition can capture and keep the sufferer mired in misery for years if left untreated and can destroy and debase not just the patient, but also his or her loved ones.

Depression Defies Logic

The condition makes no sense whatsoever. People who suffer from it may have absolutely nothing to fret over. They may enjoy wonderful, fulfilling relationships, robust careers and the sort of lifestyle we all envy and still have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.  If you think that you may be in the throes of clinical depression it’s a good idea to take a test which will help you get a handle on your symptoms. The online version of the popular publication, Psychology Today offers a 101 question online test which requires about 30 minutes of your time to complete. This test will enable you to begin the process of treating your symptoms.

Depression is a complex disease which is impacted both by heredity and genetics as well as environmental factors such as relationships with parents, siblings, and significant others. Basically, even though there are certainly chemical and neurological factors involved in depression which are easily treated by medication, there is also an enormous behavioral component in the disease which must be addressed if one ever hopes to actually corral and control the depression beast. Therefore, treating the chemical component is simply not enough.

Depression treatment should begin with diet and exercise.

  • EXERCISE: Those who suffer from depression tend to “check out” from the world. They resist interaction with others and may be unwilling, at first, to make a commitment to regular exercise. But a daily routine which includes a brisk morning walk will almost certainly result in positive changes thanks to the chemical reaction the body has to such activity. Exercise causes the body to produce Serotonin and Dopamine which are known to play an important part in human moods. The key word here is ROUTINE. It is important to establish ongoing healthy habits in order to make progress in the treatment of depression.
  • DIET: Establishing healthy eating habits is another way to combat the effect of the symptoms. Routine blood work done by your physician may indicate that your symptoms could be related to your thyroid or pancreas. Eliminating these possible causes by medication and/or adjustments to your diet may make all the difference necessary in your sense of well-being. Studies show that people who suffer from depression frequently have a diet high in carbohydrates so, by cutting your sugar intake, you may improve your overall mood.

Beyond addressing your lifestyle choices, you may also wish to include some well-known natural cures. Herbal treatment for depression is nothing new. For eons, humans have recognized that certain plants have a marked medicinal effect and can be used to treat many ailments including the symptoms we associate with depression. Among the plants known as natural remedies for men and for women are Sam-e, (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) and 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) which are both produced naturally in the human body.St John’s Wort, (Hypericum perforatum,) Folic Acid, which is found in leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, and Omega 3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like Salmon or available in supplements over the counter) all support emotional health and can even enhance the effectiveness of prescription antidepressants.Homeopathic remedies, or those which treat the whole person rather than simply treating the symptoms abound on the internet.

While these remedies are often pooh-poohed by the scientific community, remedies which include acupuncture and aroma therapy have enjoyed success throughout history and probably should not be ruled out as possible treatment options. To explore the possibilities of homeopathic treatment, one need only do a simple search for herbal or homeopathic remedies to locate hundreds of pages dedicated to non-prescription treatments of common ailments. Of course there are also natural anxiety remedies available on such sites as well as good advice for lifestyle adjustments which can ease the crippling effects.

The most important thing is to actually deal with depression. This serious condition cannot and should not be ignored since it is apt to become more debilitating and life threatening with time. Begin by speaking to your doctor about your symptoms. Add a good multi-vitamin with plenty of magnesium and B vitamins to your daily routine and make sure you’re getting enough Folic Acid and Omega 3’s each day. Cut down on sugar – your cellulite will thank you – and promise yourself a little walk several times a week. These natural depression remedies may not entirely cure your condition, but they will certainly give your mood a boost and make life and your disposition a little sunnier.

Anger

Does Depression Come Out as Anger

My ex was constantly angry, sometimes before anyone spoke to him! Being the person I am, I tried to understand, went to therapy myself, where I was told that the problem needed to come in. I battled that for nearly 10 years till I gave up, but would really like to have some answers to what baffled me for so long. Sometimes (not often) he would even apologize and say he did not know why he acted like that, but more times than not he was simply angry and if I didn’t know the reason, he certainly wasn’t going to tell me. It would even mean a lot if I could help him in some way, but I know that is a dream, so I will have to settle for someone who can tell me if this is more common than I realize.

Tanya:

I can only speak for myself, but I know I am battling the same thing and then some. Since my significant other stopped taking his anti-depressants a couple of weeks ago (he decided he has other financial priorities than prescriptions), it has been a nightmare. He has screamed, and I mean screamed at me on an almost daily basis – for a good 30 minutes or more. I honestly don’t know how he hasn’t lost his voice. The more I am starting to research this, the more it seems as though I am not alone – although that really doesn’t seem to make me feel much better. I love him with every bit of my soul – but the anger and verbal and emotional abuse that goes along with the anger is making me question everything. I feel completely helpless. I only hope it makes you feel better to know that you aren’t alone – that this appears to be very common!

MunkyBrain:

My dad used to do the same thing. It eventually drove everyone away from him. He’d get furiously angry at the smallest things, like a cup sitting on the counter. ????

Growing up in this kind of environment wasn’t fun as a child. I, being the only male child in the family, took the physical beatings along with the screaming and yelling, over very trivial things. Seeing my mom take the verbal and emotional abuse was even worse. It would end up with him apologizing for his outburst, and saying he didn’t know why he got so angry, or why he acted the way he did. To this day, he still has no clue why he has a short fuse, and why he is so prone to anger.

I don’t know if it’s common or not. I guess it depends on the severity of the anger/depression. I’ve read through some articles, and for males, depression sometimes does come out in the form of anger. Honestly, I think rather than associating it completely with depression, it should be categorized on it’s own.

Anyways, if you haven’t already, might do some more research on anger=depression articles, and provide it to him when he’s in a not so angry mood. Hopefully, he won’t look at it like you’re pointing out a weakness/attacking him, and take it as a sign that you’re concerned for his well being. Being a guy, if provided with hard facts, it’s a little more difficult to argue a point. If he gets angry at that point, and turns it around on you, sorry to say, he’s going to have to figure out the anger thing on his own.

Jon:

It does in fact, help to know that this is found in others. It is so true that he could blow up over NOTHING, but the big things were ok. It was an amazing paradox to watch. I too loved him with all my heart, I believe I always will, but I could not take the abuse- emotional and verbal – that was heaped on me, and as you say, over a cup on the counter, offering a cup of coffee, anything could set him off. I found myself thinking twice before saying nothing. I always thought he was one step away from hitting me, but he never did, tho I had friends who feared one day he would kill me. I am sorry you two also have to face this. In someone you love, it hurts so much more. THANKS!

klbugg:

I see that you received a couple of replies from loved ones of the ‘depressed’. Thought you might like to hear it from someone trying to deal with the depression. For me, it seems that my depression is expressed differently at different times, but let me assure you that anger is one on the ways it is often expressed. I’ve been struggling with this for a very long time, but early on I learned to get away from my loved ones when I felt it coming.

For me, it seems that the anger is the first stage I go through on my way to one of my bouts of very deep depression that may last for months. Rather than speaking in general about the stages that I experience, I will focus on the anger since that is what you are concerned about. I am not a bad or evil guy, but sometimes the anger is so uncontrollable that I honestly want to eat my truck! Your husband’s are being honest when they say that they don’t understand why the get that way because it seems that there is no rhyme or reason for me to feel that way at the time. But the anger is truly uncontrollable and if your spouses are like me, they hate it as much or more than you do. It has nothing to do with the ‘cup on the countertop’. That is not the cause. The anger was already there and the cup was just something that the anger could be directed towards at that moment.

There is so much more that I want to say about this but I’ll stop here and I sincerely hope it helps your question. If you want to discuss this further, please, just ask.

Jon:

Keith, if you could expound on it, please tell as much as you can. I will always love my ex. He meant and means more to me than he will ever know and losing each other was about the worst, but I had to save myself from the abuse. I know there was no intended humor in your piece, but I thank you for lightening this with the comment about eating the truck!

klbugg:

Hi Jon,

There was no humor intended. That is indeed the best example I can give of the rage I sometimes feel and how out of control it can make a person feel. I posted my thread on the 8th. On the 9th, I had one of my worst bouts of anger ever that lasted the entire day and became so severe that it tripped off a migraine headache that night. I want to be careful here because I realize that everyone’s experience is a bit different, but I can open up and share my experiences and what I have learned.

My problems started about 18 years ago when I just turned 30. I was under a lot of stress and I began suffering from headaches. For the next 8-10 years, I was experiencing migraines EVERY SINGLE DAY of my life. I was in the hospital at least once a month because the pain was so unbearable. This of course led to clinical depression. For some strange reason that no one has been able to explain, my headaches were adversely affected by weather changes. My wife was the first to notice it because I would get incredibly irritable 24 hours before a weather front would move into our area. The anger was so bad that it would turn to rage. I’ve always been really concerned about my family and I would try to get away from them by locking myself in my office to stay away from them. The occasional fits of anger still persist to this day, but after all this time, I’ve become an expert at staying away from people when they’re on me. The only thing worse than the anger was the depression that always followed shortly afterward.

The real problem with all of this lies in how it affects the people around someone who is going through all of this. Even though I was not abusing my wife, she became angry that I wasn’t spending time with her, which in turn made me angry that she would not believe me when I told her that this was part of symptoms that I was experiencing. And even when the doctor finally concurred with me in her presence, she still often just became tired of having to deal with it all of the time and began spending a lot of time away with other “friends” (that’s another story). Hell, after a while, it becomes a self feeding monster in a vicious cycle. The depression destroys your life and relationships which gives your more to be depressed about.

I am sorry that you had to deal with abuse and I certainly don’t blame you for saving yourself. That has just never been a part of my nature although, as much as I hate arguing, nagging me during one of these times is likely to cause a yelling match. Jon, I don’t know you or your ex so I’m not sure what I can share that will help you. During those times, I really didn’t like my wife because she complained and nagged constantly about things I had no control over. (BTW, I am truly amazed at how poorly women take ‘NO’ to sex when it offerd. I guess you guys aren’t used to it.) I can tell you that my anger, initially had nothing to do with anyone around me. I was just uncontrollably angry in general and that seemed to cause other people to give me something to be angry about.

I am truly sorry about your separation. I hope your ex finds help. But since you can’t control that, make sure you do!

Jon:

Keith I thank you so much. I see my ex in your post in some places. I never nagged him, quite the contrary, if he did not wish to talk, we did not. We did EVERYTHING his way, no matter what. We went where he wanted with the people he wanted (or not) ate at the restaurants he chose, talked when he wanted to, were silent went he did not. Even then, his abuse was incredible, being cold to me, with-holding affection (And/or sex) screaming when it suited him, the silent treatment (sometimes for days) when it suited him. The only moments of “clarity” I saw in him, was when he went on medication (Wellbutrim) for a few weeks, and he even looked at me and said “I have been a real p—k to you, haven’t I?” It was a real breath of fresh air, but when he went off the meds he was back in his horrid cycle again. I don’t know if you have explored the possiblity of meds, but it certainly made him a different, and happier, human, if only for that short moment in time. Thank you for sharing with me and I hope you can get whatever help will work for you! God bless!

PS- I have felt very guilty about getting out of that marriage, since I promised God I would stay with him in sickness and he is certainly sick, so I thank you for that comfort!

klbugg:

Hi Jon,

Actually, I don’t think that there is a pill left on this earth that I haven’t swallowed. My d is related to chronic pain. I own a small construction company and I have always been very athletic, that is, until all this began. I still get the headaches from time to time, but I now suffer from fibromyalgia (really bad) and osteoarthritis so my pain is daily. Actually, the pain meds that I take can add to depression, but without them, I can’t function or work. The hardest part has been accepting the fact that I am not going to get better. Once I got past that, I have been able to determine than I want to be as well as is possible so I fight like hell. As you probably know, depression makes you want to climb in your bed for the rest of your life and getting out seems impossible sometimes. But I have two daughters that I love with all my heart. One is in college and as soon as she graduates, the other daughter begins. I have often wondered if I could still fight this if it were not for them.

I have good days and bad days and although the bad far outweigh the good, I have learned how to put on a smile even when I would rather die. It took me years to realize that despite my condition, I do have a responsibility to those around me and how I make them feel. Of course, if I go into another deep episode, who knows what will happen. I put it all in God’s hands and trust Him. He knows your heart too and remember, God is not a dysfunctional parent who takes pleasure in child abuse. He feels your pain more greatly than you. Be thankful that you are well, I envy you. I am certain that there is great happiness in your future.

Nutrition

Fish Oil For Depression

So, I know it’s a little long, but here’s the whole story of my battle with depression and how I finally found something safe and effective to treat it. I know this is a difficult time of year for a lot of people, and if you’re one of the millions out there dealing with any form of depression I really hope this helps you take the first steps towards beating it. It’s still hard for me to make anyone understand the devastating effects of depression if they’ve never experienced it themselves. It’s like this deep pit you can’t climb out of, this sucking feeling inside your chest that feels like it will swallow you whole… metaphors never seem to be enough to get the point across.

Even with the growing acceptance of depression as a legitimate mental illness, some people still think that it’s all in your head. Like you can just WILL yourself to stop being sad all the time. For me, depression was more than just a mood problem. I had trouble concentrating on anything, I had trouble sleeping, and I either ate way too much or nothing at all. It affected my grades, my job, and my relationships. By the time I got to college it was so severe that I wound up in an emergency room.I finally started getting treatment for depression, and it worked alright. For a while at least

I got my life back on track, patched up a lot of friendships, and started dating my future husband. But under the surface, I knew there was still something wrong. When we found out we were having our first child, I knew about the risks of post partum depression, but I thought since I’d already been through such a serious depressed episode I’d be able to handle it.You can imagine how well that went.Another hospitalization, a huge strain on my marriage, and two weeks away from my baby boy later, I promised myself that I would never let something like this happen again. So when I found out that number two was on the way, I knew I couldn’t sit idly by and let depression sneak up on me again.Counseling alone wasn’t enough, so my therapist put me in touch with a psychiatrist.

I went into the office expecting to have to argue him down on the dosage of an anti-depressant to cut down on the risk to my unborn child, but he surprised me. He told me he’d recently read about a fish oil study that showed mood stabilizing effects for women and adolescents with mild to moderate depression. Since I wasn’t at a crisis point, and we didn’t want to take any unneccesary risks with the baby, we decided to try it out.Long story short, it worked.

Within two weeks, I was already feeling better and the feeling lasted all the way through to the birth and beyond. No baby blues, no depression. What really made me happy, though, was knowing that there were no harmful side effects for me or the baby. In fact, the other benefits of fish oils are well documented. DHA supplements are believed to help with eye and brain development for infants and developing fetuses, and DHA and EPA have proven benefits for heart health.Now, I wasn’t told which fish oil supplement to use, I was just given a daily dosage of EPA to meet. I went with nature made fish oil because I knew that quality mattered (it was also the one they stocked at my grocery store). All joking aside, it was really important for me to choose a high quality fish oil product, since I didn’t want to risk fishy burps or high mercury content. What I didn’t know at the time was that even sites like amazon carry fish oil pills, so I could have skipped the trip to the store alltogether.

I know this won’t work for everyone, but in all my discussions with other folks who have depression we shared one concern: how can I fix this with the least harmful side effects? Anti-depressants can be really effective for some people, but they carry certain risks that are pretty unpleasant for people who get struck with them. Using fish oil for depression, the only thing I’ve ever run into is side benefits. I’m no doctor, and I certainly can’t give anyone medical advice. I can only speak from my experience and my own research.

Depression

Causes For Clinical Depression

The exact causes of clinical depression are not yet fully understood. Usually more than one factors, collectively, are responsible for the development of clinical depression in any person. These external factors may be physical, psychological, hereditary or environmental. It should be noted that all these factors may cause the condition in one person but not in the other person. The ability to resist these external factors or triggers is different in different persons. Following are some of the important causes, discussed in detail:

Biological Causes

If someone in your family has depression you are more likely to develop the condition yourself, although not necessarily. Studies show that versions of the 5-HTT gene are inherited, and that in people with the “short version” of this gene is present. But the person with no family history of depression may also become depressed at any stage of life.

Stress – A Major Cause

Stress is the major and common cause. Stresses are mainly of 2 types. These are environmental stresses and psychological stresses. The environmental stresses may be different for every person because of the different environment. For example the clinical depression may be developed in the students because of the burden and demands from the college. Also the tension of exams or test may be the cause. Another major stress causing factor may be the worries of finding the perfect job after the studies etc.

The other reasons of stress may be some big loss like the loss of your best friend or financial crisis etc. The severe disease or illness and disturbance in the relations with the family are also the important factors that can cause clinical depression. Stress can induce it in any individual that may or may not have any family history of depression.

Psychological Factors

The psychological factors play an important role in any individual. It is seen that usually people having less self confidence are easily depressed. Some people have very pessimistic thought and approach and that is another cause.

The people having these psychological problems may become depressed without any other external or environmental trigger. But if the environmental stresses are also added, then the severe type may be seen in these people.

Alcohol And Drugs Abuse

The use of alcohol or similar type of drugs may be the direct cause. In some other persons the cause is different and people start taking the alcohol to escape from the symptoms. Unfortunately this escape is not permanent. The use of alcohol or drugs simple increases the symptoms. It is not important to find out that alcohol was the reason of depression.

The important thing is that you should start your treatment to recover from the symptoms. It should also be noted that the medicines taken for depression may not work effectively if you are taking the excessive amount of alcohol.

Medicines

Sometimes the medicines used to cure certain diseases, become the cause of it in the patients. Usually it is seen that calcium channel blockers and beta blockers and some other medicines cause depression in some patients. If you are taking any of these medicines or any other type of medicines regularly and you have the symptoms, then you should consult to your doctor. If any medicine is the cause then you can use some alternate medicine for your illness.

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Childhood Depression

Although you may not think it, children of young ages can actually suffer from depression. It may seem obvious how adults and adolescents could suffer because of the things they face in their lives, it may be harder to see how a child could suffer from it. The fact is that children can experience depression just like anyone else. Although it may seem like most young kids do not have much to worry about, there can be certain circumstances or triggers. One of the things to keep in mind with little children is that they might not be able to properly explain what they are feeling, so it is important to realize the signs and symptoms.

Childhood Depression Symptoms

As with anyone else suffering from depression the signs and symptoms of childhood depression are similar, but as we said it is important to monitor a young child behavior to see if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms. They may not tell you for quite a while that they are feeling the way they are, so keep any eye out for some of these signs especially if they have experienced a traumatic event in their life.  Some of the more common signs children may exhibit are;

  • Acting out, especially to parents or other authority figures such as teachers.
  • Getting in fights.
  • Frequently being in a bad mood.
  • Frequently bored and a loss of interest in most things.
  • Constantly getting sick, or complaining they are sick when they are actually not.
  • You may even find children that say they don’t want to live anymore, or want to commit suicide.
  • Not playing or interacting with friends that they used to.

There is a wide range of how bad depression can be, so it might not be obvious to spot at first. If you notice a child showing some or all of these symptoms for an extended period of time you should schedule an appointment with their pediatrician to talk about depression and get a diagnosis.

Causes

Essentially the causes of depression have to do with what is going on inside with the child, whether it is some kind of chemical imbalance or what not. There are however certain factors that can trigger the child to start feeling depressed. Some of them include;

  • A family history of depression. This is of the things that could definitely contribute to a child suffering. It is not anywhere near automatic that if a parent or other relative has suffered from depression that a certain child will, but there is definitely a correlation.
  • A traumatic or stressful event can trigger depression. Some examples could be the loss of a parent, close family member or friend, parents divorcing, moving, being bullied,  and,not being socially accepted by others. These are just a few examples but anything that could cause an undue amount of stress in a child’s life could cause them to suffer
  • Somewhat along the same lines of a stressful event is really any type of major change in the child’s life. If you know the child is going to be going through a major change you should talk to them about what they are feeling and thinking.

Treatment

One of he first things you need to do to for treatment is get a proper diagnosis. It is estimated that 3% of children suffer, or have suffered from depression, so if you notice some of the signs and symptoms we mentioned then they should be taken to see a doctor as soon as possible. Once they are officially diagnosed the parents and doctor can move on to finding a suitable treatment. Usually the doctor will talk to the child and explain exactly what depression is and why they are feeling the way they are. This is also one of the first steps. As far as actual treatment, it is pretty much the same as an adult would receive which would be a mixture of counseling/therapy and possibly the use of antidepressant medication if the child is suffering really bad.

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Depression In Women

I am sure everyone has heard the saying “men are from mars, and woman are from venus.” Well, to say that men and woman are from completely different planets is a little extreme, but there is no doubt that the two genders are very different both physically and emotionally. One difference is that women tend to show and express their emotions more than men do, so it could potentially be easier to tell if a woman is suffering from depression.

Signs

Depression occurs at a higher rate in women, so it is important to be on the lookout for some of the signs and symptoms if you or someone you know might be suffering. As we mentioned, woman are more likely to openly show signs of depression that they are feeling. This is actually helpful in the long run, because the sooner you admit that you are suffering from this disease the sooner you can get help. Some of the more common and obvious signs women may exhibit are feeling depressed for extended periods of times, and not feeling like doing things that used to be enjoyable. Those are actually things that most people, not just women, would exhibit when suffering, but again women may be more willing to express and talk about it. There are many more symptoms, some exclusive to woman, that we will cover next.

Symptoms

A number of the symptoms that women will suffer from are the same ones anyone would. However there are some symptoms that may be unique to just women, here are some of the more common symptoms.

  • Constant and persistent feeling of being sad, and an overall “down feeling.”
  • Loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable.
  • Loss of interest in sex, and decreased sex drive.
  • Excessive and uncontrollable crying.
  • Negative outlook, and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Loss of appetite or even overeating, this can be accompanied with weight loss or gain.
  • Thought of suicide or death.
  • Not being able to sleep or sleeping a lot, as well as lack of energy.

These are just some of the symptoms that a woman could experience when suffering from depression, although for each person the degree and combination will be different. As well as at higher rates, women can also experience some of these symptoms more frequently while suffering. They may also exhibit feeling of guilt more than a men.

Causes

Women in today’s world lead very hectic, and complex lives which can at times cause stress and possibly lead to depression. Some of the more common causes and triggers of depression in women are;

  • Loss of a loved one, especially a child.
  • Pregnancy, including miscarriages.
  • Family history and genetics.
  • Abuse, both physical and emotional.

Again these are just some of the things that could cause  a women to suffer from depression, although it will depend on the specific person and their situation. Of course any stressful or traumatic event could cause anyone to go into a depressive state.

Treatment

As far as treatment, the same ones used for everyone else work fine with women. A few of the more commonly used methods for fighting depression include; anti-depressant medications and therapy. There are may different anti-depressants currently on the market, so it will be up to your doctor any you to find one that works best. It may take trying a few different medications before you find the one that works best, but it will be worth it in the end. As far as therapy the two most common types are one on one, and group therapy. You may find that you like one more than the other, or one works better than the other. It will really depend on the specific situation.

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How to Help Someone With Depression

Do you know someone who is currently suffering from depression, or possibly someone you suspect to be? If so, you will want to be sure to exercise care and caution when talking to them about it, especially if they have not been diagnosed with the disease yet. If this is a person that you care about and want to see get better, there are a number of things that you can do to help them get through their depression, here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction.

Have They Been Diagnosed With Depression?

If you suspect someone may be suffering from depression one of the most important things you can try to find out is if they have been properly diagnosed. The problem is that this can sometimes be tricky in a number of ways. The first is bringing up the subject at all. You may feel comfortable doing it, and it is possible that the person could get defensive or be untruthful about it. The second goes along with the first, and that is just because they have been diagnosed does not mean that they will admit it to you. They may feel that it is a sign of weakness or something(this can be especially true with men). As a friend or relative it is your job to let them know that it is okay, and that depression is treatable.

Learn About Depression

Try and do some research about depression, so that you can talk to the person about the disease. This may also give you a much better understanding of what exactly they are going through. If you can try and learn about some of the common facts and myths, so that if they ever happen to mention anything you will know exactly what is going on. Another good thing about learning about the disease is that you will be familiar with the signs and symptoms. This will help in the future if the person is ever going through a tough time with their depression, you may be able to stop it from spiraling out of control and causing serious harm or damage.

Make Sure They Are Keeping Up With Their Treatment

This is one of the most important things that you can do, because treatment is what is going to help them overcome depression. You will want to do this carefully though as to not make the person suffering feel like you forcing this on them, or something negative. Let them know that getting and continuing treatment is extremely important. Some of the specific thing you could do are help them coordinate and get to doctors appointments, help them keep track of any medicines they may be taking, and also be sure they stay on track with any medicines they are prescribed. All these things will be a big help in this person overcoming depression, and with you by their side it should make it an easier journey.

Talk

This may seem a bit obvious, and maybe not that big of a deal, but talking to the person suffering can really help them and make them feel better. One of the thing they might be feeling from their depression are feeling of loneliness. By talking to them and being there for them it will reinforce the fact that they are not alone, and that you are there for them. Through talking to them you may gain insight into exactly what they are thinking and feeling. For instance, they may feeling hopeless and helpless. You can let them know that there is hope, that things will get better, and that you are there to help.

Don’t Let it Get YOU Down

By spending a significant amount of time with someone suffering from depression you might find yourself feeling down at times. It could be from the fact that they have caused you to think about things in a way you never have before, or it could be that you are trying your hardest to help them and it doesn’t seem to be working. Whatever the case may be, don’t let it get you down. Your loved one is not going to be over their bout of depression over night, so just remember that it will take some time, and keep your head held high. It also helps if you can stay positive and keep an upbeat attitude.

Depression can take a major toll on not only the person suffering, but those around them too. Some people may not want to deal with it, but if it is someone you truly care about. you should do all you can to help them overcome this horrible disease. In fact, you never know, you could end up saving someones life. If untreated and ignored, depression can lead to suicide, so if are aware of the symptoms it could really make a difference in someones life. Don’t be afraid to help someone you may thing need it.

Anxiety

Depression in Men

Ask just about any living, breathing human being and they will probably emphatically tell you that men and women are extremely different. Of course this is obvious, just by looking at and observing them, but emotionally men and women are also very different. What that means is that mental disorders, such as depression, affect them differently.Traditionally people thought of depression as a disease that mostly effects women.

While it is true that women suffer from depression at a higher rate than men, there are a lot of men who suffer symptoms of depression

Signs of Depression in Men

The signs are not all that different than what a woman, or anyone else would experience. However, because of other hormonal differences these symptoms may be projected differently than a woman would. The symptoms would include; loss of interest, not sleeping, loosing/gaining weight, among other symptoms. The thing is that while a woman  may keep these feeling to herself, a man may become irritable, or even down right mean. Of course,  it really depends on the person themselves as to how they handle and display their depression.

Just remember though with men it can be somewhat hard to observe if they are suffering from depression because they tend to keep their emotions and symptoms “bundled up”.

Symptoms

Well as we mentioned the symptoms are not all that different. However there are some symptoms, particularly related to sexual performance and desire that some men may experience when suffering.

Some of the other symptoms that men may experience, but not necessarily show are;Doing anything to take their mind off of what is causing then to be depressed. This could be spending a lot of time at work, or other activities to somewhat escape reality.

  • Using or abusing alcohol and/or drugs
  • Being violent or extremely angry and irritable
  • Loss of energy and always tired

These are just some of the symptoms men may suffer from when dealing with depression, but the only way to truly know is to see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis.

Causes

There are many different things that could happen in a mans life that could cause him to go into a depressive state. Some of the more common causes could be;

  • Genetics – family history and genetics can play a major part in who suffers from depression
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Job loss
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Retirement

These are just some examples of what could cause a man to suffer from depression. If you are a man, or know someone who recently experienced one of these, or some other major event you should watch to see if they are showing any of the symptoms we mentioned.

Treatment

A man suffering from depression has a number of options for treatment. Some of the most common and most effective treatments include anti-depression medications, and counseling or therapy. There are a number of medications on the market and a few might need to be tested to find the most effective one. Therapy could possibly be one on one with a psychologist, in a group, or even both. Treating depression can often include some trial and error between different methods, so it may take some time.In conclusion, it must be emphasized that it can be tough to get a man to be honest about suffering from depression. So, if you yourself are suffering, just remember you are not alone and it is okay to get help. It does not make you weak, or less of a man, it just means that you have a disorder and it needs to be dealt with. If you know a man you suspect may be suffering, then you should ask them about it, give them some information on depression, and convince them so see a doctor.

Depression

Postpartum Depression Symptoms – a Chemical Explanation?

By all accounts postpartum depression symptoms are easily recognizable:

  • You struggle to keep the house in order.
  • Your crying child is such a burden you can’t even find the time for a shower.
  • You are constantly sad and wondering if you are losing your mind.
  • You are feeling guilty because you don’t have that warm glow when holding your baby.
  • You are irritable towards everyone.
  • You feel ashamed because you are supposed to be ecstatic with the new baby’s arrival.

About 70% of new mothers experience the so-called postpartum blues for a few days. But a significant number of new moms experience postpartum depression for a much longer period. Sometimes this condition can last for many months.

One recent study – Archives of General Psychiatry. 2010;67:468-474 – found that postpartum women show a dramatic increase in a natural chemical called Monoamine Oxidase A, also known as MAO-A.

Dr. Meyer, a psychiatrist who specializes in mood disorders, says that estrogen levels can drop significantly after a woman gives birth. And when estrogen levels drop, there is a dramatic increase in the levels of Monoamine Oxidase A.

And this chemical degrades dopamine and serotonin – the chemicals associated with mood-balancing.

So, if the brain chemicals that make us feel good are being depleted during pregnancy, it follows that you are more vulnerable towards getting post partum depression or postpartum blues.

Dr. Meyer, who conducted the study, found that the MAO protein was 43% elevated compared to the control group (non-postpartum women, obviously).

“Elevated MAO-A levels in the early postpartum period can be interpreted as a marker of a monoamine-lowering process that contributes to the mood change of postpartum blues,” Dr. Meyer and his associates write.

So postpartum depression symptoms are not “all in your head” as some inconsiderate people might be suggesting to you.

Dr. Meyer is now planning to do another, much larger, study to see if natural dietary supplements will prevent the increase of the MAO protein. This, hopefully, will help pregnant women to prepare for those postpartum blues which affect so many.

It’s something that most people don’t think about. Adoptive parents are expected to be overjoyed at finding a child, probably after a long search.

They are also vulnerable to depression due to a bombardment of emotions: insecurity, inadequacy and confusion can adversely affect their moods.

But here’s the point: they feel obligated to project an image of joyful thankfulness, all the time.

Remarks like “you have done a wonderful thing, saving a child,” can make these feelings a lot worse. And then, if they complain, they get, “you should just be grateful. ” Symptoms can easily be experienced when one or more of these factors come together.

Other complications such as physical differences between the child and the adoptive parents can invite some unwanted remarks and attention, particularly from strangers.

It becomes even more complicated as, in most cases, all adoptive services end once an adoption is finalized.