Psychology & Psychiatry

Postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth

A National Institutes of Health study of 5,000 women has found that approximately 1 in 4 experienced high levels of depressive symptoms at some point in the three years after giving birth. The rest of the women experienced ...

Addiction

Reducing drinking may improve pain interference symptoms

(HealthDay)—For U.S. veterans with unhealthy alcohol use, reducing drinking may improve or resolve various conditions including pain interference symptoms and substance use, although most correlations are not significant, ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Severe morning sickness linked to depression, new study finds

Severe morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), is a debilitating condition that affects around 1-2 percent of pregnant women in the UK. Far more serious than 'normal' morning sickness, it is one of the most ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Higher suicide risk among older immigrants with untreated depression

The risk of suicide is clearly elevated in the category of older women with untreated depression who were born outside the Nordic region, compared with corresponding Swedish-born women. This is shown by a study from the University ...

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Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behaviour, feelings and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, or problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may be present.

Depressed mood is a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions (e.g., Addison's disease, hypothyroidism), various medical treatments (e.g., hepatitis C drug therapy), and a feature of certain psychiatric syndromes.

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