Can Menopause Affect Your Mental Health?

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Menopause is a natural occurrence during which a woman’s reproductive hormones decline entirely. Menopause occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 in most women. It can result in physical changes such as a decrease in levels of estrogen and progesterone. 

We are all aware of the physical symptoms of menopause. However, there may be some emotional changes too that tend to deteriorate mental health in a woman. If you are going through menopause and experiencing significant changes in your body and mood, Suncoast Women’s Care can recommend the best treatment options based on your unique situation. 

Can Menopause Cause Mental Illness?

Menopause can be a challenging time. Women may suffer from loneliness due to their children leaving their house or frustration due to their family members not understanding and supporting them. Women who have a history of depression may also see a revival of its symptoms. 

Menopause can cause significant mood swings in women. The core reason for this is the decrease of estrogen levels in your body. When your body has the right amount of estrogen, it increases serotonin, which is the hormone most associated with happiness. On the other hand, low levels of estrogen may lead to depression. Women are more likely to suffer from depression during menopause than at other times in their lives. 

Identifying Menopausal Depression 

It is okay to feel blue sometimes. We all do. However, if you feel frustrated, hopeless, and empty daily even when you do things that you enjoy doing, maybe you are a victim of menopausal depression. Check out the symptoms below. 

  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of energy
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Trouble in concentrating
  • Irritation and frustration
  • Anxiety 

Treating Menopausal Depression

Menopausal depression does not differ from regular depression much. You can treat your condition by both lifestyle changes as well as medical treatments. However, consult your doctor to determine which is the correct procedure for you. Usually, doctors first recommend natural ways. 

Lifestyle Changes To Treat Depression

  • Get adequate sleep and try to maintain a regular sleep routine. 
  • Get regular exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and five days a week.
  • Try relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation.
  • Seek familial and social support from people who are going through the same thing as you. 

Treating Depression Through Medications And Therapy 

If your menopausal depression is severe and cannot be treated with lifestyle changes, you can opt for the following treatment options. 

  1. Estrogen Therapy in the form of oral pills or skin patches.
  2. Antidepressant Drug Therapy where you are given traditional antidepressant pills.
  3. Talk Therapy by sharing your experiences with the people you love or a trained specialist.