Tag: Mental Health

Image from JAMA on perinatal depression, with risks of not being treated and treatment options. More detailed info is actually in the text.

JAMA Patient Page: Perinatal Depression

JAMA Patient Page March 14, 2024 What Is Perinatal Depression? Rebecca Voelker, MSJ1 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA. 2024;331(14):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.2024.0434 erinatal depression can occur during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. Perinatal depression, also called postpartum depression, affects about 1 in 7 perinatal individuals. More than 75% of these individuals receive no treatment for perinatal depression. Onset […]

Image of a woman, wearing a headscarf, in the center of several images representing the various components of PCOS

The Silent Struggle: PCOS and its Link to Mental Health Challenges

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a multifaceted endocrine disorder affecting millions of women worldwide. Beyond its widely recognized physical manifestations, recent studies have shed light on a concerning correlation between PCOS and mental health disorders, particularly depression and suicidal ideation. The findings of a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine underline the gravity […]

The MOMS Program at El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California is renowned for its innovative programs and services. One such program is the Maternal Outreach Mood Services (MOMS) program, which has been designed to support new mothers who are experiencing emotional distress after giving birth. The MOMS program provides a comprehensive range of services to new mothers, including […]


Postpartum Depression

We’re fortunate to live in a time when mental health issues are being more widely recognized and treated.   Postpartum depression is an area that has seen a lot of attention in the last decade and yet there is still so much more to be done.  The condition is characterized by mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, […]

Declining Estrogen Levels During Menopause And Dementia

60% of middle-aged women report difficulty concentrating and experiencing cognitive issues. While a cognitive decline is expected with age, studies indicate that a contributing factor could be menopause, which is characterized by a decline in reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen, primarily known for its function in menstruation and reproductive well-being, also serves […]

How much worry is too much worry in pregnancy?

      Many women get anxious during pregnancy. It is a very common reaction to something new, scary, and incredibly important in life. There is a common saying that “once you know you are pregnant you worry for the rest of your life.” In pregnancy, as in most other important things in life, a […]

Looking for a New Treatment for Depression?   Pick up Some Weights!

  Your physician has probably told you many times how great exercise is for your health.  Most doctors also point out it’s huge role in mental health.   Mostly, when we talk about exercise we’re talking about aerobic activities:  running, biking, even Zumba. JAMA Psychiatry just published a large review of over 30 clinical trials which […]


The 101 on Depression

Depression is common.Depression is treatable.If you think you have depression, make an appointment with your health care provider today. Everyone experiences occasional sadness, but these feelings usually pass within a few days. Depression, interferes with daily life and may last for weeks at a time. Most people, even those with the most severe forms of […]

It can happen to anyone: Post Partum Depression

It can happen to anyone: Post Partum Depression By Rania Awaad, MD   “How can I be so ungrateful for this beautiful baby?” she asked, her voice filled with despair and trepidation. Before I knew it, she had burst into uncontrollable sobbing. For moments, I sat there uncertain what to say next. Yet, this was […]