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Depression During Pregnancy - Symptoms That You Must Know!

Dr. Meenakshi Rajiva Kumar 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DGO
Gynaecologist, Muzaffarpur
Depression During Pregnancy - Symptoms That You Must Know!

Pregnancy is that wonderful and beautiful phase that most women rejoice about. However, many may find it hard to believe that pregnancy can bring with it a condition known as ‘antenatal depression’. This is a common condition in expecting mothers and should not be ignored.

Depression during pregnancy like regular depression is a clinical condition and requires further investigation and management. Pregnancy is related to the female hormones and therefore, mood swings are common (as during PMS and menopause). However, depressed pregnant women would typically have the following associated symptoms too.

  1. Altered eating habits

  2. Altered sleeping patterns (too much or too less)

  3. Loss of attention/ability to focus

  4. Losing interest in activities which usually interest the person

  5. Feeling very anxious

  6. Constant feeling of sadness

  7. Uncertainty about the future

  8. Feeling of worthlessness

  9. Suicidal tendencies

It has been noted about 25% of women can get depressed during pregnancy for varying periods of time. Some potential reasons for this are as below.

  1. Strained relationships: One of the most important factors for a healthy pregnancy is a happy relationship, not just with the partner, but with immediate and close family members with whom there is a high level of regular interaction.

  2. Work stress: For working women, a stressful office environment could take a toll on their moods.

  3. Previous miscarriages: This can cause anxiety and depression about possible repeat incident.

  4. Potential complications: If the periodic examinations showed up possibility for complications in pregnancy, the chance of depression in the mother increase.

How it affects pregnancy?

A depressed mother would not be able to care for herself and  therefore, the baby may not get adequate nutrition for its development. Additionally, the potential for nicotine and alcohol abuse increases, which also negatively impacts the baby’s growth. There could be low birth weight, premature birth and developmental delays after birth.

How it can be managed?

While the hormonal changes during pregnancy causes mood swings, diagnosing if it is depression is important. A consultation with a psychiatrist may be required for some women.

Some of the options available for treatment include support groups, individual counseling, and medications.

  1. It is important to understand that this is a common condition and you are not the only one going through this. Talking to other women who feel depressed can help in mood uplifting of all involved.

  2. If you are too shy about it, individual counseling could be the next best thing.

  3. Stress management including light exercise, music, meditation, rest, diet, and support from close friends and family are highly recommended.

  4. Since most antidepressants would reach the baby, it is advisable to avoid these less you need them as a last resort.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

Recently I have a breakup with my gf as I was in relationship for 3 years and I was very addicted with her but now without her I feel depressed and I always feel lonely she is now in my class she usually looks at me but when I look to her she turn around her face and predict that she was not looking to me what should I do in this situation.

Dr. Parminder Punn 89% (223 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Ludhiana
Recently I have a breakup with my gf as I was in relationship for 3 years and I was very addicted with her but now wi...
U r very young for all this. Just pay attention towards your carrier. At this age you r only having attraction towards her. By the time it will b sorted out n all b fine.
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My husband has a bad habit of sharing each and every thing with his mom and they take undue advantage of this and misguide him regarding me. We have been married for 5 years and have poor understanding because of all this and the the fights. Also a lot and has mania for money. Kindly let me know who can help him. A psychologist or psychiatrist for the issues. He is unable to control his anger and also make judgements between right and wrong.

Dr. Vandana Patidar 91% (32 ratings)
M.D.PSYCHIATRY, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), Medicine
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Hello lybrate-user. You seem to be very stressed due to these psychosocial issues. To help you through it. I would need more detailed history. You can contact me through Lybrate or can consult a nearby psychiatrist.
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I am very depress I don't know y but I want to forget my ex but I try best m fail m thinking so much about him and I think too much that's why I am in depression?

Dr. Milind Barhate 90% (193 ratings)
DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
I am very depress I don't know y but I want to forget my ex but I try best m fail m thinking so much about him and I ...
It's usually happens when you exit from relationship. Maintain your daily routine activity, you need counseling and psychiatrist help take a online appointment for it.
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Kofi Annan: UN Secretary General Passes Away Due To A Short Illness!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
Kofi Annan: UN Secretary General Passes Away Due To A Short Illness!

"More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations." - Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan passed away in Switzerland, at the age of 80. He was Secretary General of United Nations from 1997 - 2006. He was the only Black African to have served at this coveted position. Apart from being Secretary General, he was also a winner of Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with UN itself.

What World Leaders said about his sad demise:
Leaders all over the world are shocked over his death. Here are some of the statements made by popular leaders:

UK PM Theresa May:
"Sad to hear of the death of Kofi Annan. A great leader and reformer of the UN, he made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into. My thoughts and condolences are with his family."

​​​​​​UN Chief Antonio Guterres:
"In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination"

Ex-US President Barack Obama:
"Annan had always pursued 'a better world'."

A quick timeline of Kofi Annan’s life and career

  • Born on 8th April 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana.
  • Completed his schooling in 1957 from Cape Coast.
  • Got his first job at UN in 1962
  • Graduated from MIT in 1972
  • Becomes UN Secretary-General in 1997
  • Got Nobel Peace prize in 2001
  • Became head of the delegation to find a resolution to Syria conflict in 2012
  • Bids farewell to the world in 2018

Cause of Death of Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan was in Switzerland, with his family by his side, during his last days. The details of his death are still sketchy, and his family has not yet released official information about the cause of death; except that he died of a short sickness. However, some of the publications believe that he died due to a Protracted Illness.

A protracted illness is a type of sickness that typically lasts a few months. This is different from a Chronic illness that could last for a very long time. There could be multiple reasons for a Protracted illness, like pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. An example of a Chronic illness is Diabetes.

The statement released by his family about his death did not divulge many details about what type of sickness he was suffering from and there are only theories at this time. However, the details would probably be available soon that what caused the death of this peacekeeper.

What Next
Kofi Annan worked towards making the world a better place. His work encapsulated all the corners of the world, with a special focus on the African continent, where he worked tirelessly for the upliftment of all the countries. He ensured that his work would not stop, even in his absence. For this, he set up Kofi Annan foundation in 2007. This foundation is now taking forward the causes he was working on. 

Here is a parting quote from this visionary leader who will be forever missed:

"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there."
 

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I am really very depressed I am not able to sleep properly. I aborted my 8 weeks child with my own consent but I feel really very sad. My boyfriend was very good to me after abortion. I met him twice before coming to my hometown. But now his behaviour is completely different. He blames me for this. Today I went with a problem saying him that I am at my lowest point and I feel I am getting depressed day by day. His reply was he is not interested I should go to my friends who care about me. And not him (reason: in march april we had a fight n I had a conversation with my friend he do not like. And wen I got to know about pregnancy he wanted me to wait for 2 days. But I was so tensed and hype that we had an argument in which I said I have many friends to care about me.) For me it was just an argument. He too says very bad rubbish things while arguing. I never do this to him. I am always there for him when ever he needs me. Even at night 2 'o' clock he has a problem I go to him leaving my everything behind. I don't know what to do. Sometimes he is good sometimes he is worst. I cried a lot today saying him that please I do so much for you I am not okay and I need you. I am not going to any of my friends. I also told him that please do not bring these talks in between he replied that this is the time for such things I was waiting for some situation like this when you be in your worst time and I will not be there to care or even see you. Now go to your friends who care about you. I do not know what to do. I am not able to leave him. I am depressed and I get too panic. I do not have any control over me. Please guide me. Please I apologised to him several times. I do everything for him. Cooking for him. I keep him on top. But he only see negatives the arguments we had. The negative I did. He too has done a lot negative with me. What should I do please help me.

Dr. A.K. Srivastava 96% (256 ratings)
PG sciences Delhi
Psychologist, Delhi
Hello Lybrate user. Don't be dependent on any one to such extent that the purpose of life becomes useless without that person. We are the one who can control everything in our life ,our happiness lies within us only. Don't depend on any other for this. At the same time we are human and get attached with people and when this type of situation comes life becomes hell. But it is not like that you can't be normal, you life can become very beautiful what you need is slightly change in your approach and in this any professional can help you ,if you need my help you can contact me. Make fresh start, forget whatever happened ,you can't change your past ,what you can change is your present so that your future can be beautiful.
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I am depression patient psychiatrist prescribe me qutan 25 tablet I am 26 years old and m.sc physics student I was continually fail in exam please advise me.

Dr. Abrar Guroo 89% (17 ratings)
Psychiatrist, Srinagar
I am depression patient psychiatrist prescribe me qutan 25 tablet I am 26 years old and m.sc physics student I was co...
Hello what were your symptoms or what are still your symptoms. As if you say depression there are other medication that are better for depression than qutan.
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I lost somebody last year and since then I have been very depressed and prefer keeping to myself Please help me.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 95% (11038 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
I lost somebody last year and since then I have been very depressed and prefer keeping to myself
Please help me.
You are going through grief reaction, which is normal after loss of a loved one. Time is the healer for the emotional and behavioral changes, however if your depression is severe enough to affect you in a significant manner, kindly consult a psychiatrist for short term antidepressant medication, depending on the complaints.
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I have been under phases of depression-major depression and severe anxiety since teenage. Since last 6 months my psychiatrist has increased my medications and I would like to understand if it is going to be possible for me to get out this completely or not medically? And how long can I use these medicines, will they start wearing out their effects? Everyday Medicines: Stamlo 2.5 x 2, Zapiz 0.5 x 3, Trazonil 0.5 x 1, Desveren 100 mg x 1, Bupron XL 300, Multivitamins. I have also stopped smoking since 20 days and alcohol completely since 3 months and feel little hotter than before.

Dr. Kriti Vyas 91% (145 ratings)
PhD - Psychology, Advanced Diploma Child Guidance & Counselling, M.Sc Applied Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma Special Education, BA (Hons) Psychology
Psychologist, Hyderabad
I have been under phases of depression-major depression and severe anxiety since teenage. Since last 6 months my psyc...
Dear Lybrate user it's good that you are taking help from psychiatrist. The course of medicines will be decided by him or her. With improvement in your condition he will also reduce the dosages too. But if you feel any side effects, it is advisable to speak to him. Secondly I will also advice you to take some psychological therapy sessions from Clinical psychologist. This will help you in reducing your symptoms fast and make you feel better. All the best.
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I'm in a depression last five months. I feel so sad, lost and like to live in a dark room. How to deal with depression?

Mr. Senthilkumar L 92% (125 ratings)
Diploma in psychology, PVA ayurveda
Psychologist, Bangalore
I'm in a depression last five months. I feel so sad, lost and like to live in a dark room. How to deal with depression?
Hello Friend, Good that you are seeking a help here. I can understand your suitation and pain of depression. You don't need to hold on such emotions within you and suffer. Help is available. Depression is just like any other physical illness and can be treated through medicine and psychotherapy with a guidance of psychology expert. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Consult us online which is easy and convenient for your suitation. Be positive. You will be alright soon.
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