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By: Harry Dwayne

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Everybody occasionally goes through a feeling of fleeting blues and sadness, mental health experts say, explaining that different life circumstances may naturally bring people down from time to time. However, when such sadness turns into a prolonged extreme melancholy that inhibits normal functioning and interferes with daily life, then it may be the onset of depression.

Depression is, indeed, a crippling mental health condition that has been proven to strike anyone at any age, of any gender, psychiatry experts say. While men and women throughout the globe may be affected with symptoms of aversion and low mood, it has been reportedly widely documented that when it comes to difference in gender, women are more susceptible.

For many women who may have been battling the condition for a certain period, antidepressants may be part of their everyday menu. However, the course of things may change as soon as a woman with depression becomes pregnant.

For most expecting women with depression, deciding to choose between continuing the use of medication and forgoing treatment through antidepressants during pregnancy, may be one of the difficult choices a woman may be faced, mental health experts say. A number of factors need to be taken into account including one’s health, and that of her unborn baby. Untreated depression stands as a huge risk that may not only affect the mother but may also have far-reaching effects to her child. On the other hand, the possibility of birth defects from antidepressants taken during pregnancy may also be imminent.

Psychiatry experts say pregnancy is a critical time for a depressed woman that especially needs thorough management of its symptoms. Albeit the risk is low in some antidepressants, greater chances of birth defects in babies may have been proven true with the use of Paxil, according to several studies.

Several birth defects that have been associated with Paxil include ventricular septal defect (punctures on the wall chambers of the heart), persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), clubbed foot, cleft lip/palate, spina bifida, and brain/spinal cord defects.

Paxil has been generally discouraged for pregnancy use, as documented by Mayo Clinic. It is the only antidepressant from the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to be classified under category “D” by the United States Food and Drug Administration, a category that demonstrates the possibility of fetal adverse effects as evidenced by clinical studies conducted in pregnant women.

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