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Depression
Postpartum Depression
Is it any wonder that after 9 months of pregnancy, several hours (or days!) of labor and childbirth, sleep deprivation, nursing, and numerous life changes that maternity or
(Article)
Planning A Pregnancy: What You Should Do First
Before conceiving a child, you should discuss the topics included in this article with your obstetrician.
(Article)
PMDD
PMS has become a household word and the brunt of many jokes. According to a recent survey, many women remain unaware of its more severe form, premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD.
(Article)
Pregnancy 101: The Beginning And The End
There has never been better news for pregnancy planning: maternal and fetal complications of pregnancy and childbirth are at an all time low, prenatal diagnostics and interventions have continued to improve, and the “information age” has offered unprecedented access to medically related input.
(Article)
Causes and Treatment of Depression
Read an article that discusses the genetic and environmental factors involved in the onset of clinical depression.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Clinical Depression
Read an article explaining a commonly un-diagnosed medical condition where symptoms of depression last for more than two weeks.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Depression: An Overview
Learn about a disorder of the brain characterized by symptoms such as sadness, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or weight, insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, feelings of guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Holiday Blues: Social Anxiety Disorder and Depression Awareness
Read an article that addresses both anxiety and depression sufferred during the holiday season.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Menopause and Depression
Read an article discussing menopause and depression.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
NWHRC Survey on Women and Depression
Read the shocking results of an online survey regarding misconceptions of women and depression.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Top Tips To Improve Communication With Your Primary Care Physician About Depression
Read an article discussing The National DMDA tips to get you started towards better communication with your doctor:
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Anxiety Disorders In Women
Read an article discussing a mental illness more common in women than depression.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Dr. Donnica’s Top Ten Tips For PMS Management
Review a list of questions to ask your physician regarding premenstrual syndrome and how to control its symptoms.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Folic Acid Prevents Birth Defects
January is birth defects prevention awareness month: are you aware that the most important steps a woman can take to preventing birth defects are actually before she gets pregnant?
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
New MR Technique May Allow Earlier Diagnosis Of MS
Read about a new test which can diagnose multiple sclerosis at an earlier stage of the disease.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
PMS AND PMDD: What’s The Difference?
Learn the difference between Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and why 45% of women never discuss these symptoms with their gynecologist.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
PMS/PMDD Diagnosis
Learn what symptoms should be reported to your gynecologist to help him/her diagnose premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Smoking: Why It’s Time To Quit
Read a list of reasons to quit the nicotine habit, including diseases you or a family member subjected to second hand smoke can develop.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Stress
Read an article discussing stress and it's impact on your health.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Holiday Blues
People who feel despair, agitation, hopelessness or guilt for more than a month may be suffering from depression, a potentially serious—but treatable—medical condition.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
The Treatment Of PMS/PMDD
Learn how the symptoms of both premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder are treated using over-the-counter medications, prescription medications and relaxation techniques.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Read an article that discusses an often mis-diagnosed mental disorder.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
What is CRP?
Article discussing C-reactive protein which is a measurable substance in the blood.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Workplace Disabilities
Read results of a research guide published by the Vice President of MetLife Disability addressing the five chronic conditions causing the most workplace long term and short term disability claims.
(Today on DrDonnica.com)
Postpartum Depression Decisionnaire
What are the symptoms of post-partum depression?
(Decisionnaire)
Healthy Women Over 40 Decisionnaire
If you are a woman over age 40 and if any of the following 7 items can be checked, it’s time to schedule your next doctor’s appointment!
(Decisionnaire)
Heart Attack Decisionnaire
Complete a check list about heart attack to discuss with your physician.
(Decisionnaire)
Myths About Postpartum Depression
What is sound scientific fact, and what is a medical myth? Dr. Donnica helps you see the difference between the two as she debunks the myths about postpartum depression.
(Debunking Myths)
Incontinence Myths
Is it true that incontinence is not a disease after all, but simply a
(Debunking Myths)
Menopause Myths
Read about common misconceptions of menopause. Learn that symptoms of menopause, like any other disease or disorder, can be treated.
(Debunking Myths)
Improve Communication With Your Primary Care Physician About Depression
The National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (National DMDA) learned in a new survey that consistent and open communication about treatment for depression and antidepressant side effects does not occur often enough -- or thoroughly enough -- between patients and their primary care doctors.
(Tip)
Enhancing Your Fertility
How can I enhance my fertility?
(Tip)
Fast Facts on Depression
In any one-year period, 9.5 percent of the U.S. population, or an estimated 19 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Postpartum Depression
Dr. Donnica Moore addresses postpartum depression, those at risk of developing ppd, and treatment options.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on PMDD
PMDD is characterized by severe monthly mood swings and physical symptoms that interfere with everyday life, especially a woman’s relationships with her family and friends. PMDD symptoms go far beyond what are considered normal or manageable premenstrual symptoms.
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on Sleep Disorders
The average American woman gets only 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Seven to 8 hours of sleep is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
(Fast Facts)
Fast Facts on St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is an herbal preparation most commonly used for the treatment of mild depression or simply as a mood elevator. Many people who take St. John’s Wort are not aware that it has side effects just like any other medication.
(Fast Facts)
Depression Help
I am really confused because I don’t know if I have a depression disorder or if I have PMDD. There is so much going on in my life and I just don’t know how to analyze anything.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Eating Disorders, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts
I'm 21 years old and have had multiple eating disorders throughout my life. I've been
(Frequently Asked Question)
Getting Help for Early Menopause and Depression
I am entering menopause quite early as my mother did, at 38 years old. There are extreme hormonal changes going on with me. My doctor has put me on the pill but I am still emotionally out of control and nearly suicidal at times. Can you give me any help at all?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Menopause, Depression & HRT
I recently visited my health care provider who checked my hormone levels. The results showed that I am menopausal. I have hot flashes, night sweats, etc. Sometimes these symptoms don't bother me much. The real disturbance for me is depression. I am seriously debating whether or not to take HRT but when I read about HRT on the net I get more depressed because a lot of it seems to be negative.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Postpartum Depression Management
How do I know if I have post-partum depression?
(Frequently Asked Question)
The Pill and Depression
I have recently heard that taking the birth control pill can help with depression and moodiness. Is there any truth to this?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Antidepressants and Breastfeeding
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses the use of antidepressants while breastfeeding in a question and answer format.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Antidepressants and Conception
My doctor put me on Prozac for depression over a year ago. Now we want to have a baby. I have not been able to conceive and have been trying for four months. Could it be the Prozac?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Antidepressants: Side Effects and Alternatives
I've been taking medication for the past three years to help with my depression, and I've gained a lot of weight because of it. I really want to do something natural instead so I don't have to take the pills anymore. What can I do?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Dealing with Loss and PMDD
I have secretly suffered for many many years, always on the defensive, blaming everyone else for upsetting me. I am usually a very gentle, caring, quiet person until literally the day before my period.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Empty Nest Syndrome
When I moved out of my parents' house last year, I left an empty nest. Since then, I've noticed on my visits home that my mother is getting thinner and thinner. She insists it's just my imagination, but Dad told me that she has started a new early-morning exercise routine and her appetite isn't what it used to be. Is it possible that my 48-year-old mother could have anorexia?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Endometriosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome, their similarities and symptoms.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Folic Acid for Men
Should men take folic acid supplements too?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Getting Help for Severe PMDD
I just read your article on PMS and PMDD, and I am very concerned. You make it sound so simple to get help, when in reality it is very difficult. There is no help. No one understands! Please help me! Don't offer medicine. I don't have time or the money to go through trial and error until I find one that doesn't make me sick. What are my options?
(Frequently Asked Question)
How Do I Know if I Have PMDD?
I've heard that there is a severe form of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and I think I might have it. How do I know for sure?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Maintaining Mental Function
I am worried about the effects aging will have on my abilities to think independently and maintain a clear head. Are there any steps I can take as I age to keep dealing with a full deck?
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD
PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. It is the acronym for the more severe form of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Like PMS, PMDD occurs the week before the onset of menstruation and disappears a few days after.
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD and PMS
Is it possible to alternate back and forth between PMS and PMDD from one month to the next depending on the intensity of the cycle? I think PMDD may be part of what I'm experiencing.
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD and Suicide
If your doctor is not available, ask who’s on call for emergencies. Thoughts of killing yourself (or others) should always be treated as urgent medical problems.
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD and Violent Behavior
Please help my daughter. She seems to have PMDD. She becomes incredibly violent one week before her period. She hits me and is extremely angry and violent. She'll be 15 in August and she had her first period at the age of 9 3/4.
(Frequently Asked Question)
PMDD vs. PMS
Is it PMS or a more severe condition known as PMDD? Dr. Donnica explains the difference between the two.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Premenstrual Syndrome
How do I know if I have PMS? Is it just all in my head?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Relationships, Pregnancy, and PMDD
How would you suggest convincing someone to get help if they don't think they have a problem? My brother and his wife have been married for 1 1/2 years, and are 5 months pregnant. His wife is showing signs of PMS or PMDD.
(Frequently Asked Question)
Risk Factors for Heart Attack & Heart Disease, Part II
What are the additional risk factors to consider for heart attack and heart disease?
(Frequently Asked Question)
Running Out of Treatments for PMDD
This PMDD is driving me crazy. The Prozac I am taking is not working anymore. It is very hard for me to control my anger and outbursts. Last week, I had to leave work early because I wasn't feeling good -- tired, short fuse, and hostile inside of myself. Not good when you work in the Emergency Room!
(Frequently Asked Question)
Lorraine Bracco Treats Depression On Sopranos And Off The Air
Lorraine Bracco who plays a psychiatrist on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos” has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to launch an educational campaign called “Why Live with Depression?”™ This campaign is designed to encourage people with depression to seek treatment and provide them with information about depression.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Rosalynn Carter Upbeat About Treating Depression
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter knows that mental illness has long thrived in the shadows of stigma and shame. That’s why as part of her ongoing commitment to improving mental health, Carter is helping illuminate the truth about depression.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Carmen Rasmusen Breaks Up Duet With Acne
“I hated having zits so I thought this would be a great help to teenagers to show them that acne is normal and everyone gets it,” says Carmen Rasmusen of 'American Idol' fame, “I want to explain to teens that going to a dermatologist is not scary and there’s a way to cure zits.”
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Former Surgeon General, David Satcher, Targets Health Challenges
“I think we need to be realistic about the state of America’s health,” says David Satcher. “In some areas, we have made substantial, exciting breakthroughs. In others, we still have great improvements to make.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Jamie Lee Curtis Helps Teens Cope
After her roles in the Halloween movies, teens might be used to Jamie Lee Curtis trying to scare them. But the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress has a gentler, more compassionate approach when it comes to helping teens in crisis, especially those dealing with alcohol problems.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Mariette Hartley Triumphs Over Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a serious, chronic illness accompanied by disabling mood swings from high (manic) to low (depressed). While the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill reports that bipolar disorder afflicts over three million Americans, a new study estimates this number could be around seven million.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Rosalynn Carter Campaigns For Mental Health
As first lady, Carter served as the honorary chair of the President’s Commission on Mental Health that ultimately spearheaded the passage of the 1980 Mental Health Systems Act which dramatically increased funding for mental illnesses.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Social Anxiety Disorder With Ricky Williams
Dr.Donnica talks to Ricky Williams about Social Anxiety Disorder.
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Tipper Gore Honors Mental Health Achievements
“Mental illness is a biochemical disorder. It happens in the brain, a physical part of the body. The person can not help it when they have a mental illness or biochemical disorder. They need help, support and treatment from professionals in most cases.”
(Celebrity Speak Out)
Depression in Women
We’ve all had the blues, but how do you know when you’re clinically depressed?
(Radio Transcript)
Postpartum Depression
Is it any wonder that 7 of 10 new moms get “the baby blues” after 9 months of pregnancy, hours of labor, childbirth, sleep deprivation, nursing, and radical lifestyle changes?
(Radio Transcript)
Postpartum Depression
Is it any wonder that 7 of 10 new moms get “the baby blues” after 9 months of pregnancy, hours of labor, childbirth, sleep deprivation, nursing, and radical lifestyle changes?
(Radio Transcript)
Top Tips to Improve Communication with Your Primary Care Physician About Depression
Consistent and open communication about treatment for depression and antidepressant side effects simply does not occur often enough—or thoroughly enough--between patients and their primary care doctors.
(Radio Transcript)
Are You Taking St. John’s Wort?
Many people who take St. John’s Wort are not aware that it has side effects, just like any other medication. An important summer warning: If you take St. John’s wort, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. St. John's wort may increase the sensitivity of your skin to the sun.
(Radio Transcript)
Happy Thanksgiving: Advances in Women’s Health We Are Most Thankful For
As I reflect on all that I am thankful for today, I have to include the progress made in women’s health research and development in the past year alone. We now have medicines available that were only pipe dreams a decade ago.
(Radio Transcript)
Hypothyroidism--Gail Devers
Gail Devers, track champion, shares her experiences in hypothyroidism, a disease that nearly ended her career, to help others.
(Radio Transcript)
Insomnia
Insomnia includes difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and difficulty with waking up too early.
(Radio Transcript)
Myths About Menopause
Read a radio transcript about the myths, misinformation, and misconception of menopause.
(Radio Transcript)
PMS
While four of ten women have PMS, few are affected by its more severe cousin, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
(Radio Transcript)
Sleep Disturbances in Women
I am woman-I am strong-I am invincible-I am tired!
(Radio Transcript)
Stress
Stress is a normal part of life: it can increase your motivation, perception, and productivity. . .in small doses, and when managed properly.
(Radio Transcript)
Use It or Lose It
Most people can keep their mental capacities from declining just by doing simple things like reading the newspaper, playing chess, maintaining their social interactions, or attending lectures or performances. Physical exercise was also noted to improve blood supply to the brain and was important to maintain cognitive function.
(Radio Transcript)
What is Fibromyalgia?
What is fibromyalgia? It’s a disease that’s not only difficult to say, it’s difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to treat. But for the thousands of women living with this condition, it’s simply difficult to tolerate.
(Radio Transcript)
Depression & Mental Illness
Depression & Mental Illness Links and Resources
(Women's Health Resources)
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression Health Links and Resources.
(Women's Health Resources)
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Health Links and Resources.
(Women's Health Resources)

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