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Do This - Not That: Managing Depression during Menopause

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Managing depression during menopauseWhat can I do to manage depression during menopause?


Symptoms of depression can be both physical and mental. You might experience fatigue and headaches, while at the same time feel despondent and hopeless. During menopause, you may also have hot flashes and night sweats. What you can do to cope can depend on the type and intensity of your symptoms.

Below are several do’s and don’ts that you can try to help you manage and treat your symptoms of depression during menopause. Because common menopause symptoms can contribute to depression, specifically treating those symptoms can be helpful, too.

DO THIS:

  • Talk to your doctor about your symptoms
  • Consult with a mental health professional
  • Consider counseling
  • Ask about medications such as antidepressants
  • Ask about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Ask about supplements, vitamins, and minerals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat well
  • Surround yourself with supportive people
  • Start a new hobby
  • Engage in uplifting activities
  • Create a routine
  • Set goals
  • Get some sleep
  • Join a support group
  • Start a gratitude journal

NOT THAT:

  • Don’t ignore symptoms
  • Don’t avoid treatment
  • Don’t be ashamed
  • Don’t forget you are not alone
  • Don’t discount alternative therapy
  • Don’t self-treat with alcohol or drugs
  • Don’t hesitate to call 911
  • Don’t give up!
If you are dealing with depression during menopause, you may be feeling embarrassed an ashamed about yourself. Your quality of life and relationships are probably suffering, too. Thankfully, there is help and there is hope, so reach out to your medical team and take steps to ease your symptoms today.


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 - 11:42 PM


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