Post Partum Depression Treatment. Depression Article ?
Q: Some types of depression run in families, suggesting that a biological
vulnerability can be inherited. This seems to be the case with bipolar
disorder. Studies of families in which members of each generation develop
bipolar disorder found that those with the illness have a somewhat different
genetic makeup than those who do not get ill.
A:In some families, major depression also seems to occur generation after generation. However, it can also occur in people who have no family history of depression. Whether inherited or not, major depressive disorder is often associated with changes in brain structures or brain function. People who have low self-esteem, who consistently view themselves and the world with pessimism or who are readily overwhelmed by stress, are prone to depression. Whether this represents a psychological predisposition or an early form of the illness is not clear. Many women are also particularly vulnerable after the birth of a baby. The hormonal and physical changes, as well as the added responsibility of a new life, can be factors that lead to postpartum depression in some women. While transient "blues" are common in new mothers, a full-blown depressive episode is not a normal occurrence and requires active intervention. Treatment by a sympathetic physician and the family's emotional support for the new mother are prime considerations in aiding her to recover her physical and mental well-being and her ability to care for and enjoy the infant. Men's depression is often masked by alcohol or drugs, or by the socially acceptable habit of working excessively long hours. Depression typically shows up in men not as feeling hopeless and helpless, but as being irritable, angry, and discouraged; hence, depression may be difficult to recognize as such in men. Even if a man realizes that he is depressed, he may be less willing than a woman to seek help. Encouragement and support from concerned family members can make a difference. In the workplace, employee assistance professionals or worksite mental health programs can be of assistance in helping men understand and accept depression as a real illness that needs treatment. I may be wrong, but I looked over the article a couple of times and was surprised to not find chronic pain as a cause for depression. FMSers tend to attract other FMSers and over the years I've come to know a fair few. We've all been on anti-depressants- frequesntly a variety of them. Those of us who have made the lifestyle changes conducive to reduction in pain have noted that we just don't the hardcore depression any more.
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