Monday, February 11, 2013

Ask Us Anything: Does Menopause Cause Depression?

"Does menopause effect your mental status? Can you get depressed due to lack of hormonal imbalances?"

Herb Weis PhD of Horizon Health Services responds:

Yes, both psychologically and physiologically.

For many women, menopause presents emotional challenges since their ability to have children may have become central to their sense of identity as a woman. This is particularly true for women who do not have careers outside of the home. It is akin to the challenges men often face when they retire.

Additionally, since our emotions are regulated in large part by our hormones, the hormonal changes associated with this period can result in the mood fluctuations that are well recognized.

Finally, these emotional and physiological challenges are often complicated by negative reactions from partners and others who don’t understand the reasons for the woman’s emotional instability.

Your gynecologist should be a good resource for further information.

— Herb Weis PhD

Horizon Health Services provides counseling at the Piver Center on the campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo and at locations throughout Western New York. Most insurances, including Medicaid, are accepted.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, I appreciate for picking-up such an hot topic. I'm a medical service provider and I'd like to add a little bit. Actually, many women in perimenopause and menopause feel depressed and irritable. Some researchers believe that the decrease in estrogen triggers changes in your brain, causing depression. Others think that other symptoms you're having, such as sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue cause these feelings. Or, it could be a combination of hormone changes and symptoms. But these symptoms also can have causes that are unrelated to menopause. Take care your health. Best Wishes,~ Jaqob

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