Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm | Depression

Marla AhlgrimmThe holidays are here which means lights, mistletoe, and turkey. But, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, it also means mild to moderate depression. While this depression may be caused by any number of factors, including stress over money, family tension, or even lack of exposure to sunlight, at its worst, it can be debilitating.

Depression is not uncommon. And unlike the stereotypical teenage girl crying in her pillow, depression does not always manifest in ways that are obvious to others. It is a silent condition that many people, especially women who are expected to uphold the Holly Jolly spirit of the season, hide rather well, says Marla Ahlgrimm. One of the first signs of depression is a gradual (or sudden) loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities.

As depression progresses, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and despair move in. This can trigger a host of sleeping pattern alterations including insomnia, extreme fatigue, and wakefulness. Anger and irritability are common as depression lowers tolerance levels, Marla Ahlgrimm explains. Eventually, a loss of energy may result in appetite or weight changes. Women who are depressed often gain or lose a substantial amount of weight within a period of a month.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that deep depression leads to feelings of worthlessness and the sufferer will blame herself for every little thing that goes wrong. Reckless behavior, including sexual promiscuity and substance abuse, may create dangerous life circumstances.

Women are much more likely to experience feelings of guilt, weight gain, and uncontrollable eating than their male counterparts as depression sets in. Hormones and societal expectations of perfection also play a role. Approximately one out of every seven new moms experiences postpartum depression.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, depression and suicide are intrinsically linked and women who experience severe depression are at a higher risk of self-harm than those who report contentment with life.

If you or someone you love is dealing with depression, seek immediate mental health intervention.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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