“…many women report symptoms of moodiness, depressed mood, anxiety, stress, and a decreased sense of well-being during perimenopause”.1

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What may the Menopause Psychological Symptoms Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Climacteric Emotional/Psychological Changes/Symptoms
  • Menopausal/Menopause Emotional/Psychological Changes/Symptoms
  • Menopause-Related Emotional/Psychological Changes/Symptoms
  • Perimenopausal/Perimenopause Emotional/Psychological Changes/Symptoms

Psychological Symptoms

What are some menopause psychological symptoms?

In Symptoms of Menopause: What Are the Symptoms of Menopause? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) elaborate on:

“Emotional Symptoms

  • Menopause Psychological SymptomsDifficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling you are not able to cope as well as you used to
  • Forgetfulness
  • Increasing PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Less interest in sex
  • Lowered mood
  • Mood swings”.2

Depression

Is there an association between depression and menopause?

In Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. My family tells me that I’ve become moody, and I admit that I sometimes feel blue or short-tempered. Menopause? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“A. Most women make the transition into menopause without experiencing depression, but many women report symptoms of moodiness, depressed mood, anxiety, stress, and a decreased sense of well-being during perimenopause. Women with a history of clinical depression or a history of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or postpartum depression seem to be particularly vulnerable to recurrent depression during perimenopause, as are women who report significant stress, sexual dysfunction, physical inactivity, or hot flashes. The idea of growing older may be difficult or depressing for some women. Sometimes menopause just comes at a bad time in a woman’s life. She may have other challenges to deal with at midlife, and menopause gives her one more problem on her list”.3

Look for A Pattern

Menopause Psychological SymptomsMay Look for A Pattern help clarify menopause psychological symptoms?

On page two in Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health the JH explain:

  • “Keep a diary to help clarify:
    • Your symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress
    • The things that trigger feelings of distress
    • What creates positive or negative thoughts for you”.4

Self-Management

Apart from keeping a diary, what are some other self-management techniques for menopause psychological symptoms?

On page two in Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health the JH elaborate on what else you can do to manage your mental and emotional health.

Treatment

What are some menopause psychological symptom treatments?

DotS these may include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling and Problem-Solving
  • Hormone Therapy (HT)
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

May menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) be beneficial in improving mood?

One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:

  • “MHT may be beneficial in improving mood in early postmenopausal women with depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. MHT may also be beneficial for perimenopausal women with major depression but antidepressant therapy remains first-line treatment in this setting”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with menopause psychological symptoms?

If you would like help with menopause psychological symptoms it, may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. The JH explain:

  • “See a doctor and/or psychologist who can assess your symptoms and discuss possible treatments – this might include talking therapies and/or medication”.6

The (United States) Mayo Clinic also encourage us to seek help:

“Before deciding on any form of treatment, talk with your doctor about your options and the risks and benefits involved with each. Review your options yearly, as your needs and treatment options may change”.7

The (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) also note:

“It’s worth talking to a GP if you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you or if you’re experiencing symptoms of the menopause before 45 years of age”.8

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health? Updated August 2018:2. Jean Hailes https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Mental_emotional_health.pdf Accessed: 15 August 2020
  2. Symptoms of Menopause: What Are the Symptoms of Menopause? Emotional Symptoms. Last Updated: 04 March 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms/ Accessed: 15 August 2020
  3. Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. My family tells me that I’ve become moody, and I admit that I sometimes feel blue or short-tempered. Menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 15 August 2020
  4. Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health? Updated August 2018:2. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Mental_emotional_health.pdf Accessed: 15 August 2020
  5. De Villiers, T. J., Hall, J. E., Pinkerton, J. V., Pérez, S. C., Rees, M., Yang, C. and Pierroz, D. D. Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT. Climacteric, 2016;19:4:314 https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/ba6379e868044bec13015ac2b84f2753.pdf Accessed: 15 August 2020
  6. Mental & Emotional Health: What Can You Do To Help Your Mental & Emotional Health? Updated August 2018:2. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Mental_emotional_health.pdf Accessed: 15 August 2020
  7. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 15 August 2020
  8. Menopause: Overview: When To See Your GP. Page Last Reviewed: 29 August 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/#when-to-see-your-gp Accessed: 15 August 2020

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