Treatment for PMS

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PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome, used to be something that was taken lightly. It was not taken seriously. It was considered quote on quote ‘in a woman’s mind.’ Well, studies have shown, and time has shown, that this is a real problem and it can respond to treatment. One of the most effective treatments for PMS actually is to try and find out in the cycle what’s going on, and give medications that can affect hormones. Antidepressant medications can help in severe cases. There are certain ones, the SSRIs, that are very effective.

 

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Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is known as a functional condition. It’s one of these physical conditions that’ are very difficult to detect or prove by laboratory tests or by one procedure. It’s diagnosed based on the history or story that a patient tells about what is happening. Essentially, fibromyalgia is a set of symptoms that happen together. People are feeling muscle tightness and there are certain tender points. Your doctor can examine you to see the problem. Fibromyalgia also affects your sleep and it’s often linked with depression. The key thing to know about fibromyalgia is that the symptoms are quite vague and your physician needs to work with you to see if this truly is the issue. There are treatments, including antidepressants that can be quite helpful. There is a bigger lesson from fibromyalgia. If you have something that is bothering you, don’t be afraid to see your doctor. There could be surprising answers.

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SSRI Antidepressant Use in Teens

SSRI Antidepressant Use in Teens

There continues to be a serious debate in psychiatry. Does the use of antidepressant medications help teens, and does it help them with the condition, or do they increase a teen risk of committing suicide? Back in 2004, the Food and Drug Administration included what is known as a black box warning on a group of antidepressants called the SSRIs to alert healthcare providers to an increased risk of suicides in children and teens. New research revealed that information from 24 overall trials in over 4,500 pediatric patients taking one of nine antidepressant medications found that only one trial, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, found a significant increase in suicides and that was more than fourfold. However, when all 24 studies were combined, there was no increase. The conclusion? This is not a declaration of safety, but a further warning that these medications need to be used under careful supervision, if at all.

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Safety of Antidepressants in Teens

Safety of Antidepressants in Teens

There is a serious debate in psychiatry. Does the use of antidepressant medications help teens. Does it help them with the condition, or do they increase a teen risk of committing suicide? Back in 2004, the Food and Drug Administration included what is known as a black box warning on a group of antidepressants called the SSRIs to alert healthcare providers to an increased risk of suicidality in children and teens. New research revealed that information from 24 overall trials and over 4500 pediatric patients taking one of nine antidepressant medications found that only one trial, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, found significant increase in suicidality, and that was more than fourfold. However, when all 24 studies were combined, there was no increase. The conclusion? This is not a declaration a safety, but further warning that these medications need to be used under careful supervision, or at all.

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