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We have read about in detail about PCOS Symptoms and treatment in these pages. Let’s now look at how PCOS affects Mental and Emotional Health and ways to tackle it. Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health.

Depression and Anxiety in PCOS

Depression and anxiety are common in women with PCOS, but are often overlooked and therefore left untreated. Approximately 34% of women with PCOS have depression compared to 7% of women in the general population and around 45% have anxiety, compared to only 18% of the general population. It has also been shown that the longer it takes to receive a diagnosis of PCOS, the more likely women are to be depressed or anxious.

Depression and anxiety in PCOS can impact on your quality of life in several ways:

    • Physically – by disrupting your eating and sleeping patterns
    • Psychologically – by reducing your motivation and increasing feelings of worthlessness
    • Socially – by affecting your relationships

The bottom line is that if you are suffering from depression with PCOS, you are not alone and it is not all in your head. Depression is another facet to this multi-faceted syndrome.

Women with PCOS can suffer from different kinds of depression. The top three are:

Types of Depression in PCOS

      • Seasonal affective disorder
      • Dysthymia
      • Major depressive disorder

Seasonal affective disorder is a strain of depression that occurs during winter or even monsoons with a decrease in sunlight and causes periodic depression. Dysthymia is a chronic type of depression that can last for months and can occur alongside other forms of depression. Lastly, major depressive disorder normally lasts for weeks causing individuals to have a difficult time functioning. This issue can occur as both a one-time problem and a recurring illness.

Dysthymia is a chronic type of depression that can last for months and can occur alongside other forms of depression. Lastly, major depressive disorder normally lasts for weeks causing individuals to have a difficult time functioning. This issue can occur as both a one-time problem and a recurring illness.

Lastly, major depressive disorder normally lasts for weeks causing individuals to have a difficult time functioning. This issue can occur as both a one-time problem and a recurring illness.

Symptoms Of PCOS Depression

Most of us would recognize the known and classic signs of depression, which are sudden sadness and hopelessness. But what if you just started getting stomachaches or were suddenly very short-tempered? Are these symptoms too? A number of women are reluctant to consider their symptoms as they may equate it with weakness. However, ignoring these symptoms is not the right thing; treating them is your only way out! Here are few symptoms of PCOS depression that you can catch early on and treat it right!

        • More sensitivity to physical pain
        • Getting angry quicker than usual
        • Anxiety
        • Panic attacks
        • Difficulty in concentration
        • Excessive alcohol consumption
        • Neglecting physical wellbeing and appearance
        • Fatigue
        • Lack of motivation
        • Mood swings
        • Chronic stress
        • Fear of social situations

Research shows experiencing the symptoms of PCOS, including excess hair growth, hair loss, acne, weight changes and fertility problems, can negatively affect mood, self–confidence and body image.

Reduced or poor mental and emotional health can make it difficult to look after yourself, follow a healthy lifestyle and make the best decisions about your health. Awareness of the effects of mood on managing lifestyle is the key to managing PCOS.

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Having a diagnosis and living with a condition such as PCOS can cause stress.

Stress occurs when you feel threatened or feel you cannot cope with a situation. While a little stress can provide motivation to act, too much stress, particularly over a long period of time, can take its toll on your health and sense of wellbeing.

It’s helpful to take time to work out what may cause you stress. On a day-to-day basis, what is stressful for one person is not necessarily stressful for another.

Body image & PCOS

The physical changes of PCOS can affect your body image.  Therefore it is important to seek treatment for things like acne and excess hair growth if these are of concern to you and affect how you think about your body.  If PCOS has made you feel self–conscious, reduced your self-esteem and confidence and/or affected your behaviour, such as restricted your eating, caused you to obsess over food or not spend time with your friends, talk to a health professional and/or a person you trust.

Seeking help & support

Depending on how long it has been since you were diagnosed with PCOS you are likely to require different information and will have differing emotional and physical needs as time progresses. Some women will experience clinical depression and anxiety after they have been diagnosed with PCOS; others may emerge from the diagnosis with determination and a sense of empowerment and knowledge. For example some women diagnosed with PCOS will see it as the end of freedom and choice thinking perhaps they are controlled by a condition, while others will focus on knowledge gained, that they have an explanation for their symptoms.

If you have anxiety, depression and/or the emotional effects of PCOS are troubling you, seek help from your doctor, psychologist, or accredited health professional. Quality of life can be improved by: Gaining a better understanding of PCOS, anxiety and depression, Getting treatment to manage symptoms as soon as possible, Understanding how stress affects your physical and emotional health, Understanding the things that help you to make changes and the things that stop you from making changes

We know that dealing with PCOS is difficult. Conquer PCOS is our effort to make this journey easier for you. Daily tips, useful medical information and expert opinion is just now a click away!

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