Tag Archives: Depression

Can We Predict Bipolar Switching in Women Diagnosed with Unipolar Depression?

For women, the postpartum period appears to be a time of increased risk for conversion to bipolar disorder in women previously diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Sharma and colleagues observed that the rate of diagnostic switching to bipolar II disorder occurred in 6.52% of women during the first six months after childbirth, which is at… Read More »

Controlled Trial Study Shows Healthy Foods Reduce Depression

What you eat affects your mood and, beyond that, is powerful enough to influence symptoms of depression for better or for worse. Globally, healthy diets have shifted to diets that favor processed foods and refined sugars, and the burden of depression has also risen worldwide, with 300 million people affected.1 Depression among adolescents is also… Read More »

When Depression Is Like a Cancer

Depression is not cancer. It’s a completely different disease. Yet when I look back on my husband’s depression and death by suicide three years ago, it sure looks a lot like cancer to me. As an adolescent medicine physician in Los Angeles, I have cared for many patients with depression and mental illness, and as… Read More »

Suicidal Ideation in Pregnant Women Not Always Associated with Depression

It seems that there is considerable variation in the estimated prevalence of suicidal ideation in pregnant and postpartum women across studies. One element that may contribute to this variation is how we assess for this symptom. Many studies use self-report questionnaires, such as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) which asks how often “the thought… Read More »