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Overcoming Depression During Menopause

Are menopause and the accompanying depression as tightly bound as the contract you might sign with a company? Or is it just something that seems to be, but nobody is really sure? If you are not sure, or are one of those who think that they are bound tighter than cracked ribs, then you need to keep reading.

Most women undergo “the change” of menopause at about the same time in their life, and it is usually based on age, but can be brought on earlier than usual, or delayed, depending on certain life situations. Whenever it does rear its ugly head, most people think that the change also means depression that they will not be able to avoid.

Experts have tagged menopause as the cause, and depression as the effect. The reduction in estrogen hormone levels in women during menopause is said to have influenced the occurrence of depression. However other behavioral problems may have possibly triggered the onset of depression. Such behavior tendencies could be menopausal symptoms themselves, like mood swings, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, decrease in energy, and fatigue.

A negative outlook on menopause and depression is not a far possibility. A woman who views menopause as a long and painful aging process can actually feel depressed over time. The thought of losing her youthfulness and beauty to wrinkles and memory loss can cause her to be melancholic. Thus, she can be the one who is leading herself into depression, and it is not necessarily a chemical or physical side-effect of menopause.

However, not all women have to go through menopause and depression like one is a pre-requisite of the other. While menopause is a natural occurrence for all females, depression is not. A woman’s attitude and lifestyle before the onset of menopause can greatly influence the occurrence of menopause and depression on the actual menopause phase in her life. If a woman is outgoing, lives a healthy lifestyle, and has a generally positive outlook on life, menopause wouldn’t be as complex as everyone thinks it to be.

If by any chance you are feeling gloomy during the stages of menopause simply because you think you’re aging, or you feel undesirable, there are a number of ways to help you overcome these feelings. These are:

Take medication

Antidepressants are available as treatment for women suffering from moderate to severe depression. However, it is highly advised that a health care practitioner be consulted before any medication is taken.

Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy and Herbal Alternatives

HRT, as with the natural alternative treatments, have never really been proven effective as an antidepressant. The studies on these have not gathered enough evidence to establish its effectiveness and safety.

Get Therapy

Health care professionals like a psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical nurse, or social worker should be consulted, especially when there are persistent menopause and depression problems.

Get Support

Symptoms of menopause and depression are only two of the most discussed issues in menopause support groups. Joining a group will make you realize that you are not alone in what you feel.

Menopause and depression need not be bound to each other, and you should not have to suffer from either one. With the proper outlook at the onset of your menopause, you can break the bonds before they have begun. By accepting menopause as a new, and perhaps exciting, phase in your life, you should be able to avoid the problems that have previously been associated with menopause.

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