Wed, 21 Jul 1999 18:09:49 EDT
From: Henry Holland <Henry4FDR at AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: PPS and Depression
I have noticed several posts in recent days regarding PPS and depression. In my opinion, depression is often a component of the experience of PPS for two main reason. One is a secondary or reactive depression as a result of the losses suffered by many of us with PPS. As has already been written, many of us have lost self esteem because of loss of career, loss of financial resources, loss of a feeling of usefulness within a family system, and loss of physical and mental function. The other reason for the experience of depression among many PPSers is likely biological. There is the likelihood that some brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine may be affected by the brain fatigue of PPS, resulting in some degree of biological depression. This may explain why in many cases a low dose of antidepressant medication is helpful to many of us.
Last year, as a member of the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia, I was involved in a research project taking a look at the psychiatric aspects of PPS. I will paste a summary of that study below. It is a survey, but has some degree of objectivity. I hope you find it interesting. This survey summary has been previously published in my support group's newsletter, The DEJA VIEW.
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