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Menopause and Your Mental Well Being

As a woman, you will likely experience changes to your mental health during menopause.  You may experience depression, increased anxiety, mood swings, and other psychological issues. It is important for women and their loved ones to understand these changes and pay attention to symptoms that may indicate a problem. Sometimes these changes can interfere with living a quality life. Once an issue is identified, these mental issues are usually very treatable and will most likely pass with time.

It is not always clear what causes mental illness during menopause. Hormonal changes can cause symptoms. Some women experience worse symptoms than others. Lifestyle, habits, and other external sources can also cause or intensify symptoms.

Some causes of mental illness during menopause include:

  • History of mental illness
  • Increased stress due to life or family issues
  • Smoking for a long period of time
  • Not being physically active due to medical conditions
  • Isolation after the death of a spouse

Prescription medications may offer relief for some women. Other women may need to first address the external causes of the symptoms. It is often effective when a combination of changes are made from seeking medical advice to going to beauty salons. Some women benefit from prescription drug treatment and it is often only needed on a temporary basis. Patients and physicians can work together to find what works.

Sometimes symptoms will completely disappear once the external source is removed. External stress, for example, can switch on an anxiety reaction, which may effect decision-making.  Making poor decisions may bring on feelings of hopelessness, which may manifest itself in uncontrolled crying. Once that original external stress is relieved and the anxiety is gone, the mind can think more clearly and hope is restored. It is all connected.

If symptoms are effecting on your quality of life, it is time to seek help. Contact your physician and take action yourself by trying some of these simple things that can help relieve the symptoms quickly:

  • Get enough sleep by creating a cool, dark, quiet place to rest a full night.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and large meals before bed.
  • Get 30 minutes of moderate activity everyday.
  • Talk with friends, family, support groups, or counselors.
  • Be good to yourself, like you would be with a loved one or friend.