Effective and acceptable treatment for depression.

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Effective and acceptable treatment for depression.

Publication Date
Apr 24, 1993
  • Medicine


For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists or to find a service in your area, call (866) 626-6847 or visit us online at: www.OTISpregnancy.org. Depression and Pregnancy This sheet talks about the risks of depression during pregnancy. With each pregnancy, all women have a 3% to 5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your health care provider. What is depression and how common is it in pregnancy? Depression is a serious medical illness that has a negative effect on how someone feels, thinks and acts. The most common symptoms of depression are continued deep feelings of sadness and not being able to feel pleasure or happiness. Other symptoms of depression are anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and thoughts of death or self- harm. Physical symptoms of depression can include increased heart rate, loss of appetite, stomach pain, and headaches. The chance for a woman to develop depression during her lifetime is about 10-25%. The highest risk occurs during the childbearing years. Pregnancy may be a possible trigger for the development of depression in some women. This may be due to changes in hormone levels during pregnancy and the stress that comes with this major life event. Two studies that reviewed published reports on depression in pregnancy found that depression occurs in 7-13% of pregnant women. Treatment for depression usually includes counseling/psychotherapy and/or medications. I have depression and am planning on getting pregnant. Is there anything I need to know? It is wise to talk to your health care providers about your desire to become pregnant. This will allow your doctors and your counselors/therapists to review your current mental he

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