Postpartum Depression – Who Gets it?

Postpartum depression is defined as depression that develops within the first four weeks after childbirth and occurs in about 10% of women. Postpartum depression statistics have shown the following risk factors: a history of a mood disorder unwanted pregnancy unemployment of the mother lack of breast-feeding the mother as head of the household (source: Journal…

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Adult ADHD Leads to More Divorces?

I saw an advertisement in one of the psychiatry news journals with the capture line “Broken Promises.”  It was an advertisement for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medication.  The ad went on to state “Adults with ADHD were nearly 2x more likely to have been divorced.”  That got my attention.  Of course, I wanted to…

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Everything’s Great, Why am I Depressed?

I can’t tell you how many times I hear this.  I see people at the top of their game.  They have everything they want, work is going well, family in place, finances established, yet they’re depressed.  How can this be? It’s simple.  You don’t need a “reason” to be depressed.  Depression is a biological process/disorder…

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Most Women Aren’t Sleeping

A recent article in the Psychiatric News periodical discusses a survey that reveals a large number of women in the United States are sleep deprived.  There’s a quote saying “Americal women struggle to do it all…” The women in the poll said they lacked the time to meet all of their obligations in addition to…

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Depression Treatment | How Long Do I Take Medication?

Of course, the short answer to this is it depends on your needs and your individual situation.  But in general, according to epidemiological studies, once a person has one episode of depression, they have a 50-60% chance of having a second episode at some point in their life..  That second episode may be months to…

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