Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Symptoms and Treatment

For now, as referring the previous sections, a large body of information has been gathered with regards to PCOS. Herein, we learn how PCOS affects mental and emotional, thus having psychological manifestations.

Depression and Anxiety in PCOS

Depression and anxiety are not uncommon in women with PCOS, go ignored and hence, these women are left untreated. Over 30% of women with PCOS have depression compared to 7% in the general population and around 45% have anxiety, compared to only 18% of the general population. Thus, the incidence of these disorders is roughly 3-5 times higher as the general average.  It is seen that the longer it takes to diagnose PCOS, the higher the patient is depressed or anxious. Depression and anxiety in PCOS can impact on your quality of life in several ways:

  • Physically – by disruption of eating and sleeping pattern.
  • Psychologically –by inciting feelings of worthlessness, and demotivation
  • Socially – by affecting relationships

In a nutshell, if you are suffering from PCOS and feel mentally down, it’s not to be taken casually. You may be suffering from depression-which is associated with PCOS and need immediate help from your doctor and well-wishers.

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 sustain for months and can coexist with other types of depressions. Lastly, major depressive disorder normally lasts for weeks, causing individuals to have a difficult time functioning. This can occur once or even recur.

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

Majority of us are able to identify depression through the hallmark signs – sudden sadness and hopelessness or lowered energy levels. But what if you just started getting physical pains or are easily angered for no logical reason. A number of women are reluctant to take these symptoms seriously as they may liken these symptoms to weakness, or simply ignore. However, ignoring these symptoms isn’t the way out; treating them is your only one! Here are few symptoms which the women can be vigilant about.

  • Increased sensitivity to physical pain
  • Easily loosing temper
  • 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

Scientists have provided proof that PCOS symptoms, including excess hair growth, hair loss, acne, weight changes and fertility problems, can have a detrimental impact on mood, psyche, self-confidence and overall mental well-being.

These conditions can negatively impact the quality of life, causing stress. Stress occurs when you feel threatened or feel you cannot cope with a situation. While a little stress can provide motivation to act, prolonged stress, for a significant about of time, can take its toll on your physical and mental health, and overall well-being.

Seeking help & support

We have already seen earlier how PCOS can affect overall health and mental well-being, and its associations with anxiety and depression, with magnitude depending upon how long you have been suffering from this illness. You may lose confidence, sense of empowerment, or prolonged depression characterized by low mood, or overtly anxious about even the most trivial situation. This is the time when you should seek help and let your feelings come out by visiting your doctor, wherein he can recommend you to a counsellor or psychiatrist depending upon the intensity of these events as perceived by the doctor. Also, it is important to seek out and take help from close friends and family, as curbing these feelings can further aggravate these feelings, which can end in self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

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