Menopause and depression are often linked. Read about why one may lead to the other and what natural remedies you can try to help ease your menopause symptoms.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural occurrence in all women, generally beginning around age 40 or 50, when a woman stops menstruating, meaning her reproductive period has come to an end. There are many hormonal changes that happen before, during, and after menopause.
Depression During Menopause
One of the changes of menopause is the potential onset of depression, as estrogen levels are gradually declining.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
Two or more weeks of depressed mood
Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
Change in appetite
Change in sleep patterns
Fatigue or loss of energy
Excessive feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Extreme restlessness and irritability
Thoughts of suicide
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not despair. There is hope. You do not need to suffer.
How to Treat Depression
The first thing you can do is call us at Cenegenics Boston. We specialize in age management medicine and have years of experiencing treating the symptoms of menopause in women.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Therapy is when you take supplements to replace some of the hormones that have been lost due to aging and menopause. It is safe and highly effective for most women experiencing menopause and depression. Contact us to learn more.
Getting the proper amount of sleep is a necessity. Shoot for 8-9 hours a night. Make sleep a priority.
Physical activity is integral to your overall health and well being. Even 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference. Try for 30 minutes three times a week, walking, riding your bike, or doing yoga.
One of the most impactful things you can do is change your diet. Incorporating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables and lean protein can go a long way in improving your overall health. At Cenegenics Boston we can help you develop a personalized eating plan.
Stress Management & Self-Care
Stress is a major cause of depression, and as a woman ages the stressors of life can increase, with elderly parents to care for or children leaving home. A lot of changes are happening all at once. It’s important to manage your stress levels and make sure you are taking care of you. Simply meditating for 10 minutes a day can make a big difference.
Another option may be psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy”. Two approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) are particularly effective in the treatment of depression.
Menopause and depression are a lot to deal with. Thankfully, there is a solution. Get started today.