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How to Deal With the Twin Challenges of Menopause and Depressionfrom: Pat Moauro
Some women feel menopause and depression at about the same time. Experts have identified menopause as the cause and depression as the effect. Reduced estrogen hormone levels in women during menopause are believed to influence the onset of depression.
However other behavioral problems may trigger the onset of depression. Such behavior tendencies could be menopausal symptoms themselves like mood swings, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, decrease in energy, and fatigue. A negative outlook on menopause and depression may be another contributor. A woman who views menopause as a long and painful aging process can actually feel depressed over time. The thought of losing her youthfulness and beauty to wrinkles and memory loss can cause melancholy.
However, not all women have to go through menopause and depression as if one is a pre-requisite of the other. While menopause occurs naturally in all females, depression doesn't. Attitude and lifestyle can greatly influence when and how menopause and depression occur. If a woman is outgoing and positive and lives a healthy lifestyle, menopause shouldn't be as complex as many think.
If you're feeling gloomy during the stages of menopause simply because you're aging or you feel undesirable, here are some ways to help you overcome these feelings:
* Take medications
Antidepressants are available as treatment for women suffering from moderate to severe depression. However, it's highly advisable that a health care practitioner be consulted before any medication is taken.
* Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy and Herbal Alternatives
Some studies have shown that HRT, along with the natural alternative treatments, haven't proven to be perfectly effective as antidepressants.
* Get Therapy
Health care professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical nurses, or social workers should be consulted especially in persistent menopause and depression problems.
* Get Support
Symptoms of menopause and depression are only two of the most discussed issues in menopause support groups. Joining a group will help you realize that you aren't alone in your feelings.
Menopause and depression shouldn't necessarily go hand in hand. You can separate the two by being more of accepting menopause and treating it as an exciting phase in your adult life. In this way, you can truly conquer depression.
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