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Depression During Menopause? Yes, There's a Connection!

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There is a connection to depression and menopause.Could my feelings of depression be related to menopause?

The time period around menopause can be filled with ups and downs and a myriad of symptoms as your hormone levels change. Perimenopause specifically brings with it erratically fluctuating hormones that can leave you with mood swings, anxiety, and even depression.

Anxiety and depression differ greatly, though you may experience both during menopause. Anxiety can cause you to feel anxious and nervous, while depression can leave you despondent and dejected. Whereas anxiety may make you feel overly concerned about everything, depression can leave you feeling uncaring and hopeless.

Depression can occur during menopause for a few different reasons. For one, the changes in hormone levels can affect the neurotransmitters in the brain. Hormone levels play a role in serotonin and endorphin levels, chemicals that help you feel good about yourself and life in general. Serotonin regulates your mood, and when estrogen levels drop it does, too. Progesterone helps you manage panic and feel calm. Your estrogen and progesterone levels can change unpredictably during menopause, leaving you with hormone imbalance. As a result, you can have mood swings and emotional upheavals that leave you depressed.

Hot flashes, a common menopause symptom, can also contribute to depression during menopause. They can make you uncomfortable and miserable both day and night, making it hard to cope and rest.

Sleep issues that result from hot flashes, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and other menopause symptoms can also cause depression. It is very important for your overall health that you have adequate rest on a regular basis. If you become too run down and tired, you can suffer both physically and mentally.

Life situations around the time of menopause may also lead to issues with depression. You may be dealing with career concerns, family issues, empty nest syndrome, or aging health issues, all of which can contribute to depression. If your sex life is less than desirable, it can also contribute to depression. Conversely, depression can have a negative impact on your libido and sexual response.

Estrogen is necessary for emotional and physical well being, so without it you can face issues which can lead to depression. It is important to treat depression early as it can worsen and even result in health issues such as bone loss and heart attack. If you experience any symptoms of depression, make an appointment to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-17-2015 - 12:56 AM


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