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05 Feb 2006

anemia/depression
Hi Cs
Hope all well
CS my mother is still ill. she has hardeing of the a part of her heart like that which means herat pumping blood slow to head. also as we doiscovered last year she has severe anemia. she goes once a week to get an injection. she also had a vitamin b injection she phoned me ytoday and admitted that she has been so depressed she couldnt get out of bed or get dressed for three days. she is having a course of the injections for anemia. i remember once you sayinhg something about anemia and depression - coudl teh anemia be causing her depression? mom has been on anti depressants for many years (prozac) once when she was taken off of them she fell into huge depression. my mom has not had an easy life ....ever... but she is an amazingly strong and beautiful woman, the most amazing person i have met. she is in her 70s. she is still energetic etc and puts us kids to shame as she is stronger than all us put together. i hate to hear that my mom is so down, cs. i told her i woiuld find out if the anemia or injections could be causing the depression. please pray for her doc. my mom has been so good to so many people. and since i know this depression i dont wnat her to be having it. how cani help her
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Well, anaemia doesn't CAUSE depresion ; but some of the causes of anaemia can contribute also to the causes of depression, and some of the efects of anemia, like weakness, tiredness, etc, can be depressing and also resemble depression. There are numerous possible causes of anemia, such as lack of iron ( for which one can take iron tablets ) or some vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B injections might help. But it's important for the right blood tests to have been done to make clear WHAT caused the anemia, so as to choose the right treatment for it ; and as the blood test results can be changed by some of the medications given for it, it can be harder to clarify the cause after one or other treatment has started, than before.
And of course, as she has a history of Depression, apparently responding well to Fluoxetine ( Prozac, with now cheaper generic equivalents available ) maybe she should be re-assessed, with a view to perhaps starting the medication again, to relieve the Depression.
Support from someone as loving and caring--- and understanding hat depression is like, as you, will surely help, too. And I am confident that our readers will join you in wishing everything of the best for you mom, for an early recovery from this depresion and from the anemia
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