Why Do Women Go Through Sadness and Depression During Perimenopause?

Perimenopause: Depression and Sadness
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Perimenopause can be defined as the period where your body makes the transition to menopause. It is simply the condition just before menopause. The average age of menopause differs among women of various cultures. According to the statistics, the average age of menopause among women is 50 years in the United States. The level of difficulty because of the symptoms of perimenopause also varies among women.

The symptoms of perimenopause are hot flashes, fatigue, low sex drive, and others. There are many women who go through sadness and depression during perimenopause. According to the statistics, 25% of the women goes through depression at some point of time in their life. The difficulty of the women during perimenopause is further increased due to sadness and depression. It is absolutely critical to take some necessary actions to ease your difficulties.

Keep on reading and discover more interesting information on the connection between perimenopause and depression. And, remember, perimenopausal depression is a serious matter and it should be addressed as such.

Why do women go through Sadness and Depression during Perimenopause?

It is natural for women to go through menopause, and when the women come closer to menopause, they begin to think too deeply about it. They know that menopause is the stage where they no longer become able to give birth to a child. They begin to think about their worth. These types of thoughts lead them to sadness. When the women are in a transition stage to menopause, there is a rapid fluctuation of reproductive hormones, which can lead the women to depression.

The study shows that estrogen fluctuations may affect mood changes indirectly through various symptoms. Moreover, both vasomotor and depressive disturbances are affected because of estrogen due to common biochemical pathways along with receptor-mediated actions on brain functions. Many women suffer from depression in various points of life. The study shows that women are more likely to suffer from depression than men, and women who have the history of depression are more likely to suffer from depression during perimenopause. The women who had the history of serious PMS are also more likely to go through depression during perimenopause.

These are some of the causes behind why women go through sadness and depression during perimenopause. Now, we will take a look at some of the signs of perimenopausal depression.

What are the Signs of Perimenopausal Depression?

Signs of Perimenopausal Depression

The perimenopausal depression should be carefully treated. Some of the major symptoms of perimenopausal depression are fatigue, reduced* cognitive functions, hopelessness, worthlessness, lack of interest, and others. Along with these symptoms, there are some other symptoms of perimenopausal depression, and they are:

  • Sudden change in your moods
  • You will feel more irritated than usual
  • The level of your anxiety will increase*
  • You will have the problem of insomnia, which are connected to night sweats or hot flashes
  • You will feel sad without any reason

These signs can be seen among women suffering from perimenopausal depression. Because depression gives lot of trouble to its patients, it is critical to treat* this medical condition. In the next part of the article, we will take a look at some of the treatment methods for treating sadness and depression during perimenopause.

How to Treat* My Condition?

Sadness and depression not only affects you, but it also has adverse impacts on your relationship with your friends and family. It will affect your personal and professional life. These symptoms can adversely impact your life for any length of time. It is recommended to consult your doctor for treating your condition. There are some treatment methods, which can help you to ease your symptoms, and they are:

1. Hormone Therapy

The fluctuation of estrogen hormones due to premenopause may lead women to mood swings and depression. Hormone therapy can be an effective treatment method to treat* low level of these hormones, and it may provide you ease from various depression symptoms to some extent.

2. Antidepressant

Antidepressant

Antidepressant is an effective treatment method, which can provide you relief from various major depression symptoms. Antidepressants increase* the level of serotonin and norepinephrine, which can provide you relief from various depression symptoms. The study shows that antidepressant may be used for treating various symptoms of menopause.

3. Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can help the patients to cope with sad feelings and various others depressive symptoms to relieve you.
Conclusion

Perimenopause is a completely natural thing, and during perimenopause, women go through various symptoms. Many women feel sad, and they experience various depressive symptoms during perimenopause. All the symptoms of depression can affect the life of a woman in various ways. It will affect their personal and professional life. You should immediately consult your doctor without wasting much of your time. With right treatment methods, you can have relief from the symptoms of perimenopause. You can get your life back to normal if you overcome the symptoms of perimenopause.

As you have been able to read, the connection between perimenopause and depression is stronger than you might think. You have to learn how to recognize the early signs of perimenopausal depression and address them as soon as it is possible, using the right measures and forms of therapy.

References:

  • https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/depression-menopause
  • https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/menopause
  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/perimenopause/home/ovc-20253772
  • https://womensmentalhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/menopause_guide.pdf

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Expert Author : Lisiana Carter (Consumer Health Digest)

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