How can DHEA affect depression?

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Some studies suggest the molecule dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be an effective treatment for major depression when used alone or as an adjunct to antidepressants. DHEA may work by increasing serotonin levels in the brain and blocking the effects of certain stress hormones, such as cortisol. Potential adverse effects associated with use of DHEA include oily skin, acne, deepening of the voice, overactivation, disinhibition, aggression, mania or psychosis. The verifiable benefits of DHEA in depression is currently under investigation.

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Because it is a multi-faceted condition, treatment for depression is multi-faceted as well. Minor depression can often be treated with therapy and a few simple lifestyle changes, while chronic or major depression treatment can req...

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