Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Perimenopausal depression - A Path to Wellbeing
Life expectancy for women in the UK is approximately 80 years, meaning women can spend nearly half of their lives navigating through perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. While this transition is a normal part of life, it can come with various challenges, both physical and emotional.
Approximately 80% of women going through the menopause can experience low mood and anxiety symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms are often associated with hormonal imbalances, particularly fluctuating oestrogen levels. While navigating this stage of life, it's essential to recognise the unique nature of "perimenopausal depression" and explore how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be a game-changer in providing effective support.
Research has identified "perimenopausal depression" as a unique subtype of depression, distinct from major depression. Some key characteristics of perimenopausal depression include milder mood presentation, unhelpful thought processes related to self-perception, irritability, and increased tiredness which may not be related to sleep disturbance. Notably, this form of depression tends to show more positive responses to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) compared to traditional antidepressant medication, which is often used to treat major depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has emerged as a valuable tool for managing perimenopausal depression. It equips women with strategies to challenge negative thought patterns, regulate emotions, and develop effective coping mechanisms. Moreover, CBT helps women address emotional and physical symptoms associated with perimenopausal depression, offering a holistic approach to wellbeing.
To determine if you might be struggling with perimenopausal depression and could benefit from CBT, consider using the Meno-D Perimenopause Depression Scale, a clinically validated depression scale developed by Prof. J. Kulkarni and her team from Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Embracing the menopausal transition and seeking CBT support can help you regain your emotional wellbeing and navigate this significant life change with confidence.
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