Depression or menopause?

I’ve just read a really good article from the Meg Matthews website (megsmenopause.com).  Meg is a true force for good and someone that’s easy to follow.

Depression is incredibly common during the menopause transition.  I remember getting it when I was perimenopausal.  Up to then, I’d floated through life, enjoying every day, working happily hard, loving friendships, celebrating anything and never turning down invitations.  However, at the time peri hit me, my life changed, for the worse.  I became withdrawn, sad, emotional, anxious, tired, lost my self-esteem, I got moody, very angry at nothing, etc.  I’m sure there’s more to add.  And at that time, my relationship was going badly, my mum was getting more difficult to cope with (I didn’t realise at the time that her dementia was arriving), and I felt completely alone.  In fact, any problem that I encountered was 100 times more difficult to handle.  Typical of menopause!  Were my problems badly-timed, or was my menopause?

Quote from the article: Estrogen stimulates serotonin, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter responsible for happy feelings and wellbeing.  Declining estrogen is directly linked to declining serotonin.  (This makes perfect sense to me, having experienced such a contrast to who I became from who I was.)

The point of the article was to say that even now, anti-depressants are often prescribed to menopausal women for depression, when in fact, it’s the menopause that’s causing all the difficulties, and this needs to be identified and addressed.

Depression is a chronic feeling of sadness and worthlessness, with symptoms similar to those of menopause, and distinguishing it either way can be a challenge, especially as it arrives during those years.  But if we don’t speak up about it, we may not get the help we need.

You must be diagnosed professionally, and you definitely ought to seek the advice of someone who is knowledgeable about menopause, especially as many professionals are still working with outdated information.

There are an estimated 13 million women going through menopause in the UK and studies have shown that nearly half have suffered with depression.  

Please don’t be alone.  I can guide you in the right direction and would love to help.  

Give yourself the love you deserve X

#depression #menopause #antidepressant #estrogen

I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist.  I write based only on my own experiences and research into menopause. J Wood

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