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Acid reflux during pregnancy

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and up into the esophagus. The primary symptom is heartburn, which is an uncomfortable, burning sensation in the chest. Pregnant women are particularly prone to acid reflux and heartburn. Heartburn can affect anyone at any time, but it is particularly common during pregnancy. Potential symptoms of acid reflux include: a bitter taste in the mouth, sore throat, cough, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting. Several medications are suitable for treating acid reflux and heartburn during pregnancy. Women can also try home remedies, such as wearing loose fitting clothes, eating smaller meals, and avoiding foods that can trigger heartburn. Women should see a doctor if they experience heartburn that is severe or persistent during pregnancy. Heartburn-type symptoms can sometimes mimic those of other conditions, such as preeclampsia. Attending all routine antenatal appointments reduces the risk of complications developing during the pregnancy.
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High functioning depression

Many mental health professionals agree that high-functioning depression does not exist and that the term itself can be very misleading. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) does not recognize it as a clinical disorder. The term may be misleading as it depends on how a person defines it and their attitude toward treatment. Many people may consider high-functioning depression to be episodes of depression without certain diagnostic signs and symptoms. As this form of depression may be less debilitating than other forms and allow a person to live a relatively normal life, maintaining relationships and coping at work, they may consider it to be a high-functioning form of depression. As high-functioning depression is not a clinical diagnosis, there are no specific treatment options available. However, for PDD, treatment may be two-fold and include both psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) and medication. A doctor may prescribe various drugs, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It may take some time to find the right combination of therapy and medication to treat this type of depression. Not everyone responds to drugs in the same way.
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