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The Role of Essential Fatty Acids Supplementation on the Treatment of Prenatal Depression

Ariela, Yovita (2018) The Role of Essential Fatty Acids Supplementation on the Treatment of Prenatal Depression. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biomedical Sciences.


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Prenatal depression is a complex disorder which could cause undesirable impacts to both mothers and offspring. Majority of the cases are often undertreated and the most common treatment, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), still faced a lot of dilemma due to its effect on fetus’ development. Studies have shown that low level essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids are associated with depressive symptom during pregnancy ad it has been widely known that supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids is required for healthy pregnancy. Through this essay, I would like to investigate the role of essential fatty acids supplementation during prenatal depression. In these past years, several intervention studies have been conducted to test the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids on prenatal depression treatment and yielded mix results. Therefore, the role of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on prenatal depression treatment is still inconclusive. Future investigations are promising as omega-3 fatty acids have roles in monoaminergic transmission and its supplementations are safe and even suggested during pregnancy.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Supervisor name: Olivier, J.D.A.
Degree programme: Biomedical Sciences
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 13:30

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