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Saturday, July 17, 2004
A sad mood does not necessarily mean you have a clinical depression. It could be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, a reaction to a medication you're taking or even consequence of not getting enough sleep.

"a sluggish thyroid, known as hypothyroidism, can cause feelings of lethargy, moodiness and fatigue, as well as weight gain, constipation, hair loss and even heavy periods for women.an underactive thyroid can look like very much like depression."

"every woman makes the transition from being fertile to no longer ovulating or releasing eggs. in most women that transition is known as perimenopause, begins two to seven years before menopause, but it can begin as early as 10 years before periods stop. perimenopause can often be accompanied by some symptoms as menopause---night sweats, vaginal dryness, hot flashes and for some women, frequent mood swings triggered by surges and drops in hormone level."

"this form of anemia occurs if you don't have enough iron in your body and are unable to produce sufficient amounts of red blood cells. its most common among women of childbearing age because they lose blood each month during menstruation; it also occurs because of inadequate iron in the diet or because your body does'nt absorb iron well. although mild anemia often has no symptoms, if you have serious anemia, you may feel moody and irritable, tired, weak or short of breath. you may develop headaches and a rapid heartbeat, and your skin may look unusually pale."

"complication from Lyme disease include chronic joint pain, severe headaches, neck stiffness and neurological conditons such as depressions.the bacteria that cause Lyme disease is most transmitted often by the bite of an infected deer tick. most people who are bitten by an infected tick develop a bulls eye rash that maybe accompanied by flu like symptoms, aching muscles, fever and joint pain."

"people with undiagnosed diabetes may feel irritable and fatigued and suffer constant hunger or thirst, frequent urination and unexplained weight loss.if glucose level are too high, diabetes is probably the cause. diabetes is treated with proper diet changes, increased exercise and medications that improve the body's ability to produce and use insulin."

"depression is an unpleasant side effect of many medications. if you're feeling down, the first thing you should look is waht medications you have started taking in the last eight weeks. drugs that commonly cause depression include any kind of hormonal contraception, such as birth control pills and patches, progesterone and some kinds of beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, painkillers and seizure medicines. sometimes going out of drugs causes the problem. patients that stop taking steroid causes depression."

"people who dont get enough sleep experience depressive symptoms.if you get plenty of sleep and still feel tired, you may have an undiagnosed sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome."


*** persistent sa, anxious or empty moods.
*** loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex.
*** restlesness, irritability or excessive crying.
*** feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness or pessimsm.
*** sleeping too much or too little; early mornign awakening.
*** unexplained changes in appetite or weight.
*** decreased energy, fatigue or a feeling of being slowed down.
*** thoughts of death or suicides.
*** difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
*** persistent physical symptoms taht do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain.

(abstracted from WOMAN'S DAY/ www.womansday.com)

posted by infraternam meam @ 12:46 PM  
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