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October 4, 2016

Some facts about Menopausal Depression and tips to avoid it!

There is a huge ratio of women suffering from depression especially during and after menopause. There are different reasons for mood changes that follow menopause. Moreover the degree of depression faced by every woman is also different.

What causes depression among women after menopause?

In order to confront such a situation it is important to know the reasons and factors behind depression. The major factor affecting the mental conditions and behavior of women during menopause is the change of balance in hormonal secretions.

With advancing age, the secretion of estrogen decreases from the ovaries, which has a direct influence on the levels of some hormones that are directly linked to mood. Although, many physician attribute advancing age and decreasing physical activity as a contributing factor too, but the main inciting event is estrogen decline after menopause.
Although this situation is quite alarming and uncomfortable on part of the women experiencing it, but it can be handled and even avoided through special means.

How to avoid depression in menopausal women?

There are many ways to avoid depression and anxiety during and after menopause. If you take healthy diet and do moderate exercise regularly you can overcome this issue without needing any medications or supplements.
Other notable symptoms of post-menopausal syndrome are hot flushes, sudden feeling of heat, facial blushing, weakening of bones due to decreasing mineralization and manifested as frequent fractures after minimal injury or fall. Following tips are really helpful in preventing depression after menopause:

  • It is very important that the health and nutritional status of the women is adequate. If this is not so, it becomes difficult to come out of the effects of depression caused by menopause.
  • When a woman approaches menopause, physicians normally advice calcium supplements to avoid bone defects.
  • To overcome the symptoms of menopausal depression in women, life style modification and exercise are the safest therapy options.

Other tips that may help are:

  • Keeping yourselves busy with a hobby like reading, writing or gardening. Most psychiatrists advice that hobby must be such that keeps the women entertained and occupied by other people of their age group.
  • Taking a good night sleep of at least 8 hours to keep you fresh and stress free.

Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy in treatment of Post Menopausal Depression:

For menopausal depression, some physicians also advice ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy) or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) that replaces estrogen levels and manages the symptoms of post-menopausal syndrome. Hormone Replacement Therapy has its own complications particularly increase risk of cancers of Uterus and Cervix. That’s why unless severe depression occur, it is better to avoid HRT.
Depression during menopause also casts adverse effects on the woman’s life as a whole and is a major factor affecting her personal relationships. It is a well known fact that depression during menopause is very unpleasant but it can be confronted easily and with patience. Moreover the degree of depression faced by every woman is also different.

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