Coping with premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Coping with premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Most females experience some sort of discomfort related to physical and emotional changes during menstruation. Commonly known as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), the symptoms are manifested as irritability, abdominal cramps, bloating, tenderness of nipples, etc. Although such symptoms usually disappear within the first two days of the menstrual cycle and are not associated with any mental disorders, some women might experience increasing levels of discomfort which can hamper their day-to-day life. This severe case of PMS is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

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Increase in sleeping hours can make antidepressants more effective

Increase in sleeping hours can make antidepressants more effective

Antidepressants have been long used to treat patients suffering from a range of conditions including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and many other psychiatric conditions. Medicines like fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro) are commonly prescribed antidepressants across the world.

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National Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Depression symptoms impact survival rates of lung cancer patients

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Depression symptoms impact survival rates of lung cancer patients

Depression, often mistaken for feelings of sadness, loneliness especially stemming out of an unfavorable event, is actually a serious mood disorder. The person suffering from depression can experience symptoms such as sadness and gloominess, which hamper his/ her daily activities and if left untreated, can have devastating consequences.

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The glamour world’s bane: Depression

The glamour world’s bane: Depression

The symptoms of depression can be frightful. In the razzle-dazzle of the glamour world, there are myriad celebrities who are stuck in the vicious cycle of depression. Although it may seem that people with name, fame and fortune lead an unruffled life, however, it is not at all as glittering as it may appear. A pretty face may be hiding a disturbed mind or fighting a battle no one knows about.

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Depression during pregnancy: The need for proper diagnosis

Depression during pregnancy: The need for proper diagnosis

There has been a tremendous awakening regarding postpartum depression in the last few years. Women are routinely screened for it and advised to seek help for depressive disorders after parturition. However, not much has been written about the prevalence of depression during pregnancy. Antenatal depression, or depression during pregnancy, is common in pregnant women. However, most women are not even aware about this disorder and even if they feel that something is wrong, rarely reach out for help.

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