Hi, I'm a 23 year old female I have history of depression

Patient : Hi, I'm a 23 year old female. I have history of depression since I was about 13. It comes and goes, thought I was doing good but lately I just feel crazy. I've been crying a lot, out of nowhere. Very irritable and not able to focus. I know these are symptoms of depression but could there be any other issues causing this? I notice it's gotten a lot worse around the time of my period. Insomnia...that type of thing. Could I have a hormonal imbalance??
Doctor :   Hello, Thanks for your question on "Ask The Doctor". It could be Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condit ion in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. Many women with this condition have anxiety, panic attacks and depression. It could be an episode of moderate depression phase added to your persistent depression. You are advised to avoid Alcohol abuse, control weight, avoid Drinking large amounts of caffeine. A healthy lifestyle is the first step to managing depression Eat healthy foods with more whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and little or no salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Get regular aerobic exercise throughout the month to reduce the severity of depressive symptoms. If you have problems sleeping, try changing your sleep habits before taking medicines for insomnia. You are requested to visit a psychiatrist who will take detailed history, suggest investigations to rule out diagnosis and He or she may discuss a treatment plan with you. Antidepressants may be helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be used either with or instead of antidepressants. During CBT, you have about 10 visits with a mental health professional over several weeks. Wish you a good health

Related Q&A

Q: To whoever i'm writing to, i'm a 16 year old girl who has been feelings very sad latley. i don't know what the main c...

Q: I would like to speak to a psychiatrist - not a psychologist as it involves problems associated with medical conditio...

Q: Hello Doctor, Please help me to understand myself. I am a male , smoke and drink. I am in the past I used some drug s...

Q: IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE LIVING 90 PERCENT OF THIER LIFE IN UNIT THAT IS INTERNALY BUILT OF UNSEALED BRICK AND MORT...

Q: I lost my medication en route to a remote island in the Bahamas. I am gone for one week. I was on 10 mg of Paxil. I...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews