____________ 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...
This past weekend, the New York Times published an article
by Pamela Paul called “ With Child, With Cancer .” I had to set it aside for several days before
I could bring myself to read it. When I finally did, I was very moved, equally
surprised and left with many unanswered questions.
I did not enjoy being pregnant. I was plagued with constant, low level
nausea, heartburn and crushing fatigue for the duration of my pregnancies. I
was also affected by what I later learned was ante-natal depression (this
lifted almost immediately upon giving birth. My spouse swears that my first
post-partum words were, “I’m so happy not to be pregnant anymore!” He exaggerates only slightly). I also found
myself to be in a constant fog (not unlike the effects of chemotherapy) and
that coherent thought was often just beyond my reach.
During those periods, deciding what to eat for breakfast was
a challenge. I cannot imagine having to deal with the...
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,...
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