Depression and Low Mood
Dealing with Depression from Menopause
Hormonal changes during the menopause can have a huge impact on mood and when coupled with stress, body image, sexuality, infertility and aging issues that often plague women going through the transition, this can lead to periods of depression or consistent low mood. It is thought that these mood swings are related to fluctuating levels of ovarian hormones as well as other menopausal symptoms. Experiencing sleeping problems is likely to make you more tired and low in mood the next day and symptom such as hot flashes can leave you feeling overwhelmed and as though the world is against you. Getting hot flushes when in public can trigger for some women feelings of embarrassment and helplessness which leads to further symptoms of low mood.
Symptoms of Menopausal Depression
Research looking at the depression experienced by women during the perimenopause have concluded that although there is an overlap between major depression and the depression women experienced during the menopausal transition, the differences may indicate that ‘perimenopausal depression’ is a unique subtype of depression which has its own characteristics.
The main differentiating characteristics of ‘perimenopausal depression’ are: milder mood presentation, unhelpful thought processes related to others perception of self, irritability and anger (rather than sadness displayed in major depression), increased levels of tiredness and reduced energy levels that are not necessarily related to sleep disturbance.
Other symptoms can include:
- Feeling low in energy, mood and enthusiasm
- Loss of interest in activities that bring pleasure
- Impaired ability to think, concentrate or make decisions
- A sense of worthlessness or excessive and inappropriate guilt
- Recurrent negative, intrusive thoughts or suicidal thoughts
To help you determine if you are struggling with ‘Perimenopausal depression’ and may benefit from CBT for Menopause, please click on the link below to fill in the Meno – D, Perimenopause Depression Scale, a clinically validated depression scale, which has been developed in 2018 by Prof. J. Kulkarni and her team from Monash Albert Psychiatry Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
CBT for menopause has been proven to be effective in treating depressive symptoms and provides women with long term coping mechanisms that they can use throughout their transition and beyond.
What Causes Menopausal Depression
As we’ve already discussed menopausal depression can be caused by the fluctuating levels of hormones or life experiences, or in most cases a combination of the two. Life doesn’t stop when you enter the perimenopausal stage and all the pressures from before are still there whether it be money worries, career pressure, family concerns or just health matters. The lack of estorgen and progesterone can make coping with these pressures more difficult and as the menopause is a major life transition at times it can comes with some difficult emotions to process.
How Can CBT for Menopause help?
As a provider of menopause therapy for depression, I can help you express your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment and support you to make sense of these emotions. Using CBT for menopause, we can work together to reframe your experiences and develop adaptive coping mechanisms.
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