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Both postpartum blues (PPB) and then the more significant postpartum depression (PPD) occur within the first days-12 months postpartum. In women who have a more severe version of PPB, they are at about a 23% risk of PPD vs. those without severe PPB who have a 6% risk of PPD. PPB affects about 75% of […]

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Did you know that curcumin, a component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), has antidepressant activity? Natural medicine has much to offer individuals who suffer from mild to moderate depression, and increasingly, we have things to offer for those with major depression. One of the problems with conventional treatments, is that nearly 50% of patients with major […]

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) includes one or more of many symptoms in the areas of mood, the physical body and cognition. The most frequent symptoms are irritability, depression, fatigue, water retention, weight gain, breast tenderness, headaches, abdominal cramps and mood swings. About 80% of women may experience PMS and about 50% of women seek medical care […]

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This study included 45 women with ages 18-65 and a mean age of 41.5 years, who were in remission from their depression but who suffered from antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction (AISD). Patients received either 1500 mg Maca root or placebo twice daily for 12 weeks. Sexual function was evaluated using common research questionnaires and scales. These […]

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Lavender flower essential oil has a long traditional history of use for anxiety and stress, but also some modern meaningful scientific research confirming its excellent effectiveness in treating general anxiety disorders. Here is yet another recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study comparing the effects of a lavender cream and foot bathing on anxiety, stress and even […]

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Rhodiola-Depression

Rhodiola rosea was recently studied for its safety and efficacy compared to a prescription anti-depressant, sertraline for mild to moderate depressive disorder. Sertraline (aka Zoloft) is an antidepressant in a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This phase II randomized placebo controlled clinical trial […]

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Green tea and memory

Seventy-four healthy individuals participated in a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study and were given oral green tea (400 mg powder three times daily) or placebo for 5weeks. The evaluation of reward learning and response to reward was conducted as well as mood, using the Montgomery-Asberg depression rating scale (MADRS) and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression […]

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Two recent studies suggest that select medications during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in the child. The first study looked at the use of antidepressants during pregnancy in a Swedish study. The records of 4,429 children who had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were reviewed and compared with 43,000 age and […]

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