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Maternal depression and low maternal intelligence as risk factors for malnutrition in children: a community based case-control study from South India
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    Etiological explanations for psychiatric syndromes
    • K.S. Jacob, Professor of Psychiatry
    • Other Contributors:
      • B. Saravanan, K.S. Jacob

    Dear Editor

    We read Dr Howard’s letter [1] about the possible role of increased testosterone and low dehydroepiandrosterone in the production of post partum depression in the mother and malnutrition in the child with interest. We agree that this biological causal explanation seems plausible and needs to be evaluated. However, there is little evidence to support a biological basis to postpartum depression.[1] Despite...

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    This may be due to increased testosterone and low DHEA

    Dear Editor

    It is my hypothesis (1985) that depression may be caused by low dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and that postpartum depression / psychosis result from very low DHEA in the mother. (Low DHEA in depression has since been demonstrated and maternal DHEA declines following a first birth.)

    Maternal depression either current or postpartum, therefore, may be due to very low DHEA. It is my hypothesis th...

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