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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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The purpose of this study I am reporting on here was to evaluate the effect of a red clover extract in postmenopausal women with depressive and anxiety symptoms. One hundred and nine postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to take either 2 capsules daily of a red clover extract totaling 80 mg of isoflavones, or a […]

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The first two weeks after giving birth appears to be an important time in the association between breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Researchers at the University of North Carolina studied 2,586 women who had breastfed. A history of postpartum major depression score was reported by 223 of them. Women who had disliked breastfeeding in that first […]

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Several studies of St. John’s wort alone and St. John’s wort with black cohosh have been able to demonstrate that these products are good options for perimenopausal and menopausal women with hot flashes, mood issues, sleep problems and quality of life. In the newest of the St. John’s wort studies in perimenopausal/menopausal women, a total […]

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An association between vitamin D deficiency and many mood disorders has been suggested in several studies. These associations include major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), premenstrual syndrome and other depressive disorders. Peer-reviewed research studies were located in various data-bases searching for studies investigating vitamin D and depression, seasonal affective disorder, PMS, postpartum depression, perinatal […]

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