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How can hormone replacement therapy (HRT) treat depression?

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Depression is more common in women than in men. The sudden drops in hormone levels after childbirth, menopause, and menstruation have been liked to changes in mood.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used to relieve symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes, and to prevent bone-thinning osteoporosis. But we don’t really know how hormones play a role in depression. Tell your doctor if you have had depression before and are considering HRT.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" ''Brain Stimulation Therapies.''

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Connelly, KR. , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Carpenter, LL. , July 2012. Depression and anxiety

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 08, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?" ''Brain Stimulation Therapies.''

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R, MD. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Connelly, KR. , April 2012. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Carpenter, LL. , July 2012. Depression and anxiety

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 08, 2017

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