Things to know about postpartum depression

Things to know about postpartum depression

Across cultures, pregnancy is considered a heartwarming phase in a woman’s life. It is not unnatural for women to experience ‘baby blues’ which usually disappear on their own in a few days. But when such emotions and feelings of stress, mood swings, irritability and anxiousness run rampant, they can develop into a more serious mood disorder called postpartum depression (PPD).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 12 percent women experience postpartum depression in the United States. Some myths about PPD like it only acts on certain women or it is a weakness that can be […] Read more

Hormonal pills may trigger depression in women

Hormonal pills may trigger depression in women

Depression is more common in women than in men. Studies have suggested that up to one in four women are likely to have an episode of major depression at some point in their life. While external factors such as domestic violence, sexual assault and molestation play a major role in triggering depression in women, internal factors such as pregnancy, postpartum period, perimenopause and menstrual cycle also cause the development of depression in them.

Now, a recent study has suggested that the hormonal contraceptives ingested by women also contribute significantly to depression in women. The study, which was published in the journal […] Read more

Headaches can be the first signal of depression

Headaches can be the first signal of depression

To witness throbbing in one’s head or headaches once in a while is considered usual. Increased stress or tension, lack of sleep, and any kind of discomfort or unease caused by an existing ailment usually result in headaches. Due to the close relationship between depression and pain, one also struggles with headaches while going through depression.

Often, these headaches are either taken casually or overcome through a nap. In some severe cases, it may be treated with over-the-counter medicines or painkillers like aspirin. As such, headaches are not serious until they become usual and occur frequently.

One must not ignore headaches, as […] Read more