Perimenopause, Menopause, And Mood
Mood changes during the menopause transition (MT) are common. At this time, both hormonal fluctuations and psychosocial factors specific to midlife may play a role in increased vulnerability to depression. During the menopause transition levels of estrogen and other hormones aren’t constant and may increase the risk of depression in some women. Some women are more sensitive to hormone fluctuations than others.
Some of the factors that influence a women’s “sanity” during the menopause transition include stress, young children, elderly parents, older children returning home, career demands, and changes in health and appearance.
Women that suffered adversity in early childhood or have had depression before are more prone to depression during the MT.
It’s important to distinguish between depressive feelings, like bouts of unexplained crying and temporary feelings of anxiety, for example, and clinical depression. If you experience these symptoms and they are bothersome and last for more than a few weeks you should see your doctor.
If you need to talk about your mood or any other menopausal symptom contact me.
Teresa Isabel Dias
BSc Pharm, RPh, NCMP
Pharmacist and Certified Menopause Practitioner
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