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Just wanted to ask a bit of a sensitive question..I was wondering how may people on here with pco/pcos have suffered depression, i was wondering if it was a kind of side effect..When we discovered i had pcos earlier this year my emotions have been up and down more than usual and not just when ive been on the tx hormones. Looking back i've always had what i call my sad days when i just cry for sometimes no apparent reason, i can only presume that this is due to hormones and pcos is caused by  hormones
If people who have pcos do have depression due to hormones i'm suprised that when diagnosed with it dr's dont offer help or counselling support.
Any thoughts anyone??
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Hi Ju
I can categorically say a big yes to you on this one.
I don't know whether it is related in being symtomatic of pcos or whether it is because we find out there is something wrong and that made leave us needing treatment.
I do have days where I cry easily, like yesterday, nothing bad happend but DP said something, I thought it was in the wrong tone of voice & I just started crying.
Have only been aware of this really since 2nd IUI, which was incidently, when I got a firm dx of PCOS.

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Depression was one of the reasons I found out about my Hypothoriodism and PCOS

I have been suffering from depression/qiteness/in my own shell since high school (looking back, I also had other symptoms of both, but Dr at time never picked up on) and got to adulthood and the only other symptom I had that everybody could see was acne.

I did some investigaions of my own for depression/tiredness and acne and came up with both conditions. Went to Dr with what I had found out, with no joy..
Had enough and changed Dr. On the 1st visit had a long chat with the nurse to do usual 'check up and chat' introductions. Had blood tests for thyroid, and results came back VERY low (I could have been hospitalised it was that low !) Dr said to get thyroid back on track 1st and then see how I feel.
Once thyroid back normal still feeling quite tired and depressed still, and still no periods, so they checked for PCOS, and bingo I have that as well.

The depression is no where near as bad as it was, but Im sure thats because I have an actual reason/name for it, and not all beacuse of medications etc. (and I'm not just a moody cow  ;D )

If going through a bad time of it, I find writting my moods down helps, a trigger diary.
I have combined it this year with hormonal activities (if any at the mo :( ) food diary etc etc.. I'm calling it my Blossom Dairy, so hopefully everything gets back on track    ^fairydust^
 

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Julie - I have some quite low days too when I just burst into tears for nothing. Just a thought or a memory - anything can set me off.

It all culminated in a series of anxiety attacks late last year (after my PCO was diagnosed) I think it had a lot to do with work stress but who knows if the while IF,inc PCO was taking its toll. I am a lot more upbeat these days - maybe due to metformin (?)

My GP offered me anti depressants after my panic attacks which I said no to - I think they give those out too readily - & no counselling offered to get to the root of the problem.

Lucky for me my best friend is training to be a counsellor having gone through depression herself & I have been her guinea pig. It helped loads to talk to someone else.

Incidentally - the day I found out I had PCO - our 1st ICSi consultation in Sept 04) I cried for Wales..utterly devastated  :'(

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Hi there

I have only just been diagnosed with PCOS after trying to concieve for the last ten years, I have been under a fertility specialist for nine years but only had the test done in october 2004. All my life I have been really moody and emotional. I would slip into depressions for a week at a time then cry for no reason I feel that being diagnosed with PCOS as in a way given me a explanation for all the ups and down over the years so A BIG YES I would say it was a part of the PCOS. I am so thankful for an explanation as being in the  " unexplained infertility" catogory was depressing in its self. :(

thanks Nicola xxx :)
 

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Im so glad to find this post, especially at the mo as im having a bad day.
I am always SO up and down- to extremes.
Ive been like this for as long as i can remember really, not only since being diagnosed although im sure this really makes things worse.
Its never entered my head that it could be related to pcos and also i suffer with a underactive thyroid.
Sometimes i think i really must go see a dr for antidepressents then all of a sudden im so happy, im like on top of the world! unfortunatly today is not a "on top of the world day"!!!
Thanx for bringing this up-any ideas on a cure though! ???
 

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Summer  i know so how you feel....funny isnt it..it must be the hormone levels so i suppose if you're not on tx a good vitamin suplement may help and herbal remedies..
I have found that Bach Flower Remedies have really helped me..you put 4 drops on the tongue..they're safe to use whilst on tx, pregnant or to give to children..I use Rescue Remedy.especially before i have blood tests or injections..when i went to the drs they told me they could nt do my bloods and by the time i had the next appointment i would have missed my chance for tx that month..i wanted to cry..but didnt feel like i needed to..think it was the flower remedy..normally i blub all the time especially when things go wrong..(NEED ANY INFO PM ME)
I have also found since exercising more i feel better and not so down..i also find that if i spend the day away from the house it lifts my mood..i am about to start helping my friend out at work next week and thats giving me a goal to aim at and something else to focus on apart from my tx..So i think i'll be ok..my holiday did me the world of good as instead of feeling like i was useless and my body was useless i started thinking about enjoying my free time away from tx..

Think maybe i will start a new thread...  something to shout about..where people can go to have a moan and winge about things in general maybe that'll make us all feel better.. they say it helps to talk..

 

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Hi,

I wouldnt say I have depression, what I do feel, is what I can best describe as a feeling of flatness. I am neither happy nor sad, just in between. I dont know if this makes sense! I often think that I shouldnt feel like this, and thought it was 'just the way I am' although perhaps, now thinking about it may be due to my PCOS.

Do you think being on the contraceptive pill and having your hormones 'evened out' would make you feel better? I am trying to remember if I felt different when on the pill. However, that was so long ago, I cant remember! What do you guys think?

Purpleal
 

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Purpleal all i remember about the pill is that when i was on it..i was young..had loads of sex and panicked constantly about falling pg at a young age..Wasn't depressed at all was too busy having fun.. ;D
Cor those were the days....
How life changes ehhh.....
 

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Hi there

Purpleal - I think you knocked the nail on the head with what you describe as flatness.

Sicknote - agree with the Bach Rescue Remedy - I took that last year when I could feel myself becoming anxious & it sorted me out. I now carry a bottle in my handnag whereever I go just in case.

Isn't it a relief to know we are not alone

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Yes i can completely agree with depression being tied with pcos. I was diagnosed years ago with depression. but since i learned about my pcos. My depression has severely increased. I guess i should say i have bi-polar disorder wich wasnt found until after i was diagnosed with pcos...
 

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hi

good thread ladies

Purpleal you really described the feelings well! I wouldnt call it depression either but i certainly do have a flatness feeling and neither feel up or down
I also seem to struggle to get really emotional about things , like certain things dont seem to effect me like i think they would others, i guess what im trying to say is i feel a kind of numbness , not sure if that is the correct word to use but all i can think off
I do have my cry days but they seem to come in a week rather than a day and maybe not crying but a feeling of wanting to crawl into my duvet for a week!

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Hi,

Yes I've suffered with depression in varying degrees since my teens.

After my mother passed away it became severe, i had to see a consultant who asked me about my afs, when i replied none existent, he said "lets sort that out then, when thats done we will see if theres any depression left to be treated!"  So i guess hormones certainly play a part.  Mind you as someone whose only ambition ever has been to have children, lots!  I wonder whether it was because i had PCOS I was depressed or whether it was the worry nagging away that i might not have the children I've always wanted.
 
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