Psychiatrists often not best option for treating depression and mood in women

The biggest problem with depression in women is that the underlying cause is often hormonal and therefore should not be treated by psychiatrists.This form of depression is called 'Reproductive Depression' and is easily treated with excellent results by gynaecologists such as Professor John Studd who specialise in hormones.

Reproductive Depression

Depression in women commonly occurs at times of hormonal changes. When taken together, pre-menstrual depression, postnatal depression and menopausal depression can be called “reproductive depression”. This term emphasises the fact that this is a hormone-related mood change that may well be most effectively and simply treated by a correction of the underlying hormonal changes.

The great danger to women with severe PMS who do not respond to antidepressants is that they are given a higher dose and then a second or third antidepressant, which also do not work. By then, these women can be labelled as suffering from bipolar disorder and the scene is set for mood-stabilising drugs, anti-epileptics and even electroconvulsive therapy. After ten or more years of this therapy it becomes difficult, although not impossible, for these women to be weaned off these psychotropic drugs by use of transdermal oestradiol, which they should have been given in the first place. The clues of course are in the medical history.

In his expert article… Prof Studd explains what is involved and how to treat reproductive depression effectively.

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