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  • Does menopause cause moodiness and depression?

    by Margery Gass | Sep 04, 2014

    In recent years we have learned that menopause may increase the occurrence of clinical depression in some women, especially those women who have had depression in the past. Some perimenopausal women report symptoms of tearfulness and mood swings that resolve on their own once the transition is completed. Sleep deprivation associated with night sweats often results in fatigue, irritability, and moodiness. Abrupt hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause may also have an impact on these symptoms, much like PMS. During the reproductive years, most women become accustomed to their own hormonal rhythm. During perimenopause this rhythm changes, and the erratic hormonal ups and downs—although normal—can create a sense of loss of control that can be upsetting. Some women, however, may experience clinical depression.

    Coping skills and lifestyle changes are often not sufficient to relieve clinical depression. It is important to discuss all of these symptoms with a healthcare provider who can provide assistance, discuss options, and prescribe appropriate treatment. If your provider does not offer this service, ask for a referral to a professional who does.

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