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  • Women, Hormones and Moods | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    to stop investing energy into looking for meaning in them This was the gift of self awareness recalls Margot She also credits her meds with quieting her mind enough to be able to observe her thoughts without getting upset by them At any time of the month now I can see negative thoughts for what they are Clouds temporarily passing over a sun that always shines With the growing acceptance of PMS related depression as a biological condition approaches to treatment are increasingly varied Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs oral contraceptives nutritional supplements such as calcium and magnesium monthly mood charts and talk therapy have been found to be useful A more disabling form of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder PMDD may require more intense intervention A 2010 study from the Center for Women s Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine UNC found that PMDD is biologically different from premenstrual syndrome The findings are important because they could lead to more targeted treatments Previous research from UNC found a hereditary link to PMDD characterized by bouts of major depression and or anxiety and severe irritability during the second half of the menstrual cycle Just as with PMS related depression science and society have slowly come to recognize postpartum depression as a legitimate disorder that benefits from treatment Symptoms can vary from lethargy sleep disturbances guilt and crying bouts to excessive anxiety about the baby emotional numbness and anger According to Christie Palladino MD MSc senior author of a study on risk factors for suicide in pregnant and postpartum women research shows that depressive disorders affect 14 to 23 percent of women in those groups and anxiety disorders affect 10 to 12 percent Yet in many cases postpartum depression still gets written off as the baby blues as if it s an inevitable part of having a baby Women with a history of depression are at high risk for relapse during the postpartum period and those who stop taking antidepressants after conception may experience a relapse during pregnancy Experts caution that decisions about medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be made carefully and in consultation with a doctor Lisa white knuckled it through her first pregnancy staying off medication right through the first five months of breastfeeding her daughter She went off her medication again when she got pregnant two years later but this time around chose not to breastfeed resumed medication immediately after her son was born and lined up help around the house to reduce her stress and isolation Now as a psychotherapist in private practice she finished her internship when her daughter was 20 months old Lisa draws on personal insight to help clients with postpartum depression disarm their inner critical voices I encourage clients to let go of the idea of the perfect parent and teach them strategies for recognizing and challenging their irrational thoughts she explains When she needs to cope with her own depression she turns to her

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  • Hormones | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Diet Doctors Exercise Hospitalization Humor Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Psychotherapy Sleep Stress Management Suicide Symptoms of Depression Anxiety Weight Loss or Gain Talk Therapy Relationships Personal Relationships and Anxiety Depression Caregivers Children Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Marriage Parenting School Education Spouse Partners Stigma Hope Celebrities Hope Essays Hope Harmony Spirituality Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Blog Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Members Community Blog Forum Associations Write to Us SoundOFF Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscriptions Renewal Subscriptions Gift Subscriptions Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Subscribe Home hormones SOUNDOFF Women Hormones By esperanza February 6 2012 12 05 pm How have your symptoms been affected by those female cycles and what has helped you cope Read more Women Hormones and Moods By Robin L Flanigan February 1 2012 9 40 am Can t keep a good woman down Puberty PMS pregnancy and perimenopause trigger mood symptoms for many of us and now we have ways to fight back Home from the hospital with her newborn daughter Lisa M of Westmount Quebec was miserable Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February

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  • Women, Hormones and Moods | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    major depression and or anxiety and severe irritability during the second half of the menstrual cycle Just as with PMS related depression science and society have slowly come to recognize postpartum depression as a legitimate disorder that benefits from treatment Symptoms can vary from lethargy sleep disturbances guilt and crying bouts to excessive anxiety about the baby emotional numbness and anger According to Christie Palladino MD MSc senior author of a study on risk factors for suicide in pregnant and postpartum women research shows that depressive disorders affect 14 to 23 percent of women in those groups and anxiety disorders affect 10 to 12 percent Yet in many cases postpartum depression still gets written off as the baby blues as if it s an inevitable part of having a baby Women with a history of depression are at high risk for relapse during the postpartum period and those who stop taking antidepressants after conception may experience a relapse during pregnancy Experts caution that decisions about medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be made carefully and in consultation with a doctor Lisa white knuckled it through her first pregnancy staying off medication right through the first five months of breastfeeding her daughter She went off her medication again when she got pregnant two years later but this time around chose not to breastfeed resumed medication immediately after her son was born and lined up help around the house to reduce her stress and isolation Now as a psychotherapist in private practice she finished her internship when her daughter was 20 months old Lisa draws on personal insight to help clients with postpartum depression disarm their inner critical voices I encourage clients to let go of the idea of the perfect parent and teach them strategies for recognizing and challenging their irrational thoughts she explains When she needs to cope with her own depression she turns to her support network for help and tries harder to balance family and work responsibilities with self care and fun In the past I d feel like I was doing something wrong I m not blaming myself anymore Public awareness campaigns to spotlight postpartum depression with help from famous faces such as actress Brooke Shields have brought the condition out of the shadows The physiological downside of perimenopause needs that kind of media attention according to Ruta Nonacs MD PhD a staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School The years when menstruation is winding down can be marked by hot flashes sleep disturbances mood swings and other symptoms caused by wildly fluctuating estrogen levels Support groups some with hip names like the Red Hot Mamas the largest menopause management education program in the U S try to empower women to become advocates for better care Medication hormone replacement therapy and other interventions can smooth the transition to menopause What frustrates me the most is that sometimes I see women who have endured symptoms for several years Nonacs says and they say Everybody told me this is normal Perimenopause is increasingly recognized as a high risk period for depression whether or not women have a previous history of depression A study from the University of Pittsburgh published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in June 2010 found that perimenopause and menopause were risk factors for depression and that an increase in testosterone levels was significantly associated with depressive symptoms Exactly which hormones are implicated in perimenopausal depression and exactly how remains a puzzle Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found a strong correlation between higher levels of estradiol another sex hormone and onset of depression at perimenopause Some studies have shown that depressed women are more likely to get hot flashes and women with hot flashes are more likely to experience depression but it s unclear how the two are related Research led by Susan G Kornstein MD executive director of the Institute for Women s Health at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown not only that women may respond to antidepressants differently than men but also that they may respond to medication differently at different times in their lives She led the first large trial assessing a pharmacological treatment for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with depression published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in August 2010 That and other studies over the past decade have caused a shift in thinking about how menopausal symptoms should be managed notes Claudio N Soares MD PhD FRCPC who has written extensively on the association between menopause and depression More researchers are realizing that women s brain functioning has unique features like the heightened sensitivity to hormone changes says Soares a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario and that it s probably a smart move to tailor treatment strategies for their needs Women like Maureen P of Brewster New York welcome the growing understanding that their hormones and depression interact As a teenager Maureen had two gynecologists dismiss the idea that her monthly cycle had anything to do with her sadness and fatigue they blamed midterms and other adolescent related stressors Eventually diagnosed with clinical depression after being hospitalized in her early 20s she fell into postpartum depression after the birth of her first daughter Her therapist s response You re in therapy so you ll be fine You probably really wanted a boy At her husband s insistence she switched to a psychiatrist who put her on medication and she reached out to a self help group for support Now that she has reached perimenopause Maureen s history makes her more aware of her current mood symptoms including irritability and edginess and the reason for them In the past I d feel like I was doing something wrong says Maureen 47 Now I think Just ride this out and things will probably get better in a couple of days I m not blaming myself anymore Sidebar Simple Strategies Hormone changes throughout a woman

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  • SOUNDOFF! Women & Hormones | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Doctor Women Hormones and Depression February 1 2016 1 06 pm Many women wonder if their depressive symptoms are caused by their hormones Our expert explain how to tell and what to do about it High levels of PTSD found in Syrian refugees September 8 2014 4 41 pm September 8 2014 GAZIANTEP Turkey The civil war in Syria has led to widespread post traumatic stress disorder PTSD among refugees living in Turkey a new study SoundOFF Resilience You August 4 2014 8 10 am The Question Resilience is the ability to thrive despite adversity How have you weathered challenges and difficulties in your life What traits and skills SOUNDOFF Brain Food November 4 2013 8 12 am Readers respond Do you have an art outlet and how does it help you in coping with depression or anxiety CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin

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  • SOUNDOFF! Women & Hormones | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    that has been my saving grace I can t live without it Exercise also helps Trust in God is the best J W WESTON WV MY DEPRESSION and anxiety set in with my entry into puberty It took me decades age 57 to be introduced to the importance of these hormones on my mood and physical well being Then I was introduced to the idea of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy I went to an ob gyn and had a simple blood test Since I have been on bioidentical hormones I have experienced true happiness and joy for the first time in my life A C VISTA CA I BELIEVE MY hormonal imbalances are the cause of my lifelong depression starting at age 11 and proceeding through to my current age of 54 D M SYRACUSE NY HORMONES ABSOLUTELY can play a role in depression As a child I used to watch my own mother s moods swing to extremes whenever her hormones were changing As for myself I expect mood changes at certain times of the month and try to head them off through awareness mindfulness exercises good nutrition less caffeine physical exercises and reducing my stress levels if possible Sometimes certain medications can help too When I go through menopause though I m not sure what to expect Dr B Allen ELBA NY WHEN MY HORMONES change each month it sometimes feels like my emotions are hypersensitive I try to keep track of my period to feel more in control During the 10 days before my period I do personal care things like pedicures manicures exercise and alone time to help minimize my emotions I also keep my anxiety medicine in mind for times when I need extra calming mostly for irritability And I reward myself for stopping before or during an overemotional moment like arguing Name Withheld DAYTON OH I HAVE DEFINITELY been struggling with depression more since perimenopause began My meds are not really working like before I am not sure what to do to make this go away so I can feel like myself again L H via hopeforum DEPRESSION AND my menstrual cycle are definitely linked My depression is at its worst in the week or so leading up to my period I try and remember that this is a part of my PMS and that it will pass J P OTTAWA ON I HAVE BEEN taking meds for depression for 10 plus years with decent results The past two years I am not getting the relief that I had been getting I feel that my hormones are out of balance due to perimenopause L H LEBANON TN I HAVE ALWAYS EXPERIENCED a change of mood and personality two to three days prior to menstruation whether it be increased irritability or increased depression I keep a mood chart to measure these changes I also devised an electronic calendar to remind me when to expect these episodes I inform my loved ones that I may require

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  • One-Two Punch | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Veterans own voices Veterans have the chance to hear from trusted and credible sources other Veterans like themselves In this video hear Veterans share their Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Douglas M Duncan The Politician s Courageous Depression Disclosure February 1 2016 2 52 pm In his 24 year career in public office including three terms as the top elected official in Maryland s most populous county DOUGLAS M DUNCAN became a Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan

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  • One-Two Punch | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    support is the manly thing to do a sign that you re taking control of your life In addition to his physical symptoms Michael began to feel angry and irritable most of the time He also experienced constant nervousness and occasional panic attacks At times the anxiety was so intense that I started to believe something dangerous was going to happen and I had to escape whatever situation I was in Michael recalls As his condition worsened Michael turned to a psychiatrist When he got his double diagnosis he worried that others would see him as a freak I was embarrassed to tell my friends he recalls so I stayed in my room and listened to music hiding Michael admits he still feels some embarrassment about not conforming to ideals of masculine fortitude Societal expectations that a man should be a good breadwinner also weigh heavily on him After working more than 40 different jobs in his 20s and 30s from forklift operator to massage therapist Michael applied for disability benefits When I meet other men and they ask what I do for a living I make up stories he says The fact that I m not working really depresses me Kevin meanwhile acknowledges that having anxiety and depression has hindered his professional success It s holding back my career he says I should be going to conventions meeting potential clients and promoting my company but the thought of putting myself out there like that makes me really anxious Danger zone Research shows that when anxiety and depression occur together the course of illness is often more chronic and more severe with greater impact on quality of life than with either disorder alone And treating one but not the other may worsen symptoms of both Both the anxiety and the depression must be addressed in order for treatment to be successful Pizzagalli says Not seeking treatment at all meanwhile can have serious health consequences Men who are diagnosed with anxiety face double the risk of developing diabetes and are four to six times more likely to die from sudden heart failure There are other life threatening factors to consider as well The risk of not being diagnosed or not addressing the underlying issue is the risk of depression and anxiety progressing to a dark place notes Ogrodniczuk According to Pizzagalli the temptation to self medicate is also a big issue for men Men with mood disorders have higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse he explains It s a maladaptive way of coping that can lead to other problems including addiction Men with mood disorders have higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse It s a maladaptive way of coping that can lead to other problems including addiction Michael numbed his symptoms with alcohol for decades before he quit drinking in 2000 I started drinking and smoking anything I could get my hands on to relieve the anxiety and sadness but the symptoms just escalated he recalls He now uses

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  • SoundOFF! Men at Midlife | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Has 732 Articles RELATED ARTICLES Men Depression NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuck February 1 2015 9 53 am The former hockey goalie shares his story on confronting his depression and anxiety By Linda Childers There was a time when the face SoundOFF Resilience You August 4 2014 8 10 am The Question Resilience is the ability to thrive despite adversity How have you weathered challenges and difficulties in your life What traits and skills SOUNDOFF Brain Food November 4 2013 8 12 am Readers respond Do you have an art outlet and how does it help you in coping with depression or anxiety SOUNDOFF Tech support August 5 2013 10 55 am SOCIAL MEDIA and the INTERNET can be useful tools in coping with depression and anxiety How do you use them and what has been most CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan

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