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CA: What about this?

Posted by Zeke on December 8, 1999, at 6:20:41

In reply to Adderall queries(excuse any redundancy)&emoting, posted by CarolAnn(and the trouble I seen...) on December 7, 1999, at 10:43:14

A few questions to consider...

Was there any med that seemed to help your mom? or helped for other family members with depression? (If so, mention this to the doc.)

If other relatives suffered with depression, was it primarily female relatives?

Did you or your mom suffer from postpartum depression, or if already depressed, did it make you feel worse?

During your pregnancy, did you feel better depression-wise? (Estrogen levels increase during pregnancy)

If you have been on estrogen (say for birth control) did you feel better?

Research is uncovering important and diverse activity by estrogen in the brain. I have read about an estrogen-serotonin connection -- the effect of estrogen on MAO. Also that estrogen plays a protective function -- important because the hippocampus seems to shrink during depression and severe stress. (But fret not, as even these physical changes are reversible via neurogenesis.)


(about half way down -- "4. Hormonal therapies")




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