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____________ Resources Depression is difficult enough, but for pregnant women, it can present additional problems. Most antidepressant medications are classified to be FDA pregnancy category C or D. Category C means that animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women or that animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Category D means that studies, adequate well-controlled or observational, in pregnant women have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy may outweigh the potential risk. Neither of these are attractive to pregnant women; they're very worrisome. Things are no less worrisome and confusing after the baby is born. Nobody can really say whether it's safe for the baby to breast feed while the mother is taking antidepressants. Most antidepressants are labeled as "safety unknown" or "pro...
I recently saw the following question: I have all the symptoms for diabetes but the test always comes back negative. Why?
My reply: If you have symptoms of diabetes, it's almost 100% likely that testing for diabetes will be positive. As I see it, there are two issues to be tackled in answering your question as to why:
1) What symptoms do you have?
Classic symptoms include extreme thirst, excessive volumes of urine, and hunger (these are called polydipsia, polyuria, and polyphagia in medical jargon). There are lots of other symptoms, and some people have a lot of them, while other folks may have few or no symptoms.
Here's a comprehensive list: * extreme thirst, excessive volumes of urine, and hunger * fatigue/tiredness * nighttime urination * blurred vision * slow healing of wounds * frequent infections, including vaginal yeast infections in women * weight loss despite increased appetite (much more common in uncontrolled type 1 diabetes than in type 2) * Tingling, pain,...
I met Cathy Alter in Georgetown a few months ago, and she is a riot! We really hit it off, but Cathy and I are very different. We're about the same age, but she strikes me more as an artsy intellectual chick who spent the 1980's following the Grateful Dead than a blonde girly girl like me who read Seventeen magazine religiously while listening to the Go Go's at the Country Club pool. I point this out because she doesn't seem like the type of woman who would look to women's magazines for advice--she's too cerebral. Well, several years ago Cathy Alter found herself divorced with all sorts of drama in her life when she decided she needed help. She decided to commit to reading about a dozen women's magazines for a year in hopes of getting her life back on track, and landing a good man. She did just that, and the whole story is told in her book Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over. You wi...
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