Post Partum Depression Medication Help??
Q: What are the recommended treatments (traditional, alternative, or
nootropic) for post partum depression ? I'm interested in trying to
avert the effects for my wife who has just delivered on 112096.
For the recommendations, I need to know about the possibility of
breast-feeding passing the substance to the baby.
A:Why are you sure she's going to have the depression? It's not* invariable after delivery, even if previously experienced with an earlier child. Even if experienced, it's often mild and brief. If all you're doing are making contingency plans, fine, but don't have her taking anything if she doesn't need it. Darn near anything can pass through milk to the baby. Be very careful there. Yeah, I know you're mentioning it as a concern, but some things have never been tested by the FDA or other medical authorities, particularly herbs and alternative meds. And even if something's told to be 'used in blah blah for generations,' it may still not be safe. As the red lead treatment of at least one ethnos for childhood diseases. Age old remedy. The effects wouldn't have shown up clearly in a peasant culture where child mortality was high anyway. "On March 24, the Times printed an AP release concerning the 'physical problems (of mothers) following childbirth.' I suggest the problems result from loss of the hormone, DHE
A: My theory suggests DHEA is necessary for all gene functions. Therefore, loss of DHEA should cause adverse effects in different body systems, depending on the person. It is proven DHEA 'decreases significantly' following childbirth (J. Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 64: 111, 1987). This should appear as the problems mentioned in the article and others. For example, since DHEA positively affects metabolism (J. Nutrtion 117: 1287, 1987), loss of DHEA following childbirth may cause a severe weight gain in women of low DHE
A: Postpartum depression also results from low DHEA, according to my work. Without my 'low DHEA hypothesis,' one might not be able to help these women and be tempted to blame them for their problems. There may be a 'silver lining' in this cloud of mental and physical problems following childbirth. In my letter to the Editor of March 5, I proposed that high DHEA is involved in starting breast cancer. It is known that childbirth decreases the chance of breast cancer. I suggest this occurs because childbirth causes DHEA to decline. However, for this 'protective' effect to occur, childbirth must occur early. DHEA normally increases until age 20-25, then declines around age 30. I suggest breast cancer is started by the effects of adolescence on the production of DHE
A: Late childbirth cannot affect the DHEA levels of this criticial period." In addition I recently read that it is believed that SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), in which infant months 2-4 are the highest risk, may be caused by a deathly low level of DHE
A: Although DHEA level of the infant should be high at birth it generally declines during the danger period which may be an opportune time for mild supplementation (perhaps 25mg). Definitely consult your doctor first.
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