3-7 September 2018, was Women’s Health Week in Australia, and May was National Women’s Health Week in the United States. Women’s mental health is important.

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As part of Australia’s Women’s Health Week the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) conducted their Australian Women’s Health Survey 2018. Some highlights of the survey results include:

Meno Martha and Women’s Mental Health

Mental Health

  • Almost half of the women (46.1%) who responded to the survey had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a doctor or psychologist
  • Two-thirds of women (66.9%) reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge in the last four weeks
  • More than a third of women (34.3%) reported not getting time to themselves on a weekly basis”.

During menopause some women may experience mood changes. In Menopause FAQ: Understanding the Symptoms: Meno Martha and Women’s Mental HealthDoes Menopause Cause Moodiness and Depression? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“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”.

In Menopause FAQ: Understanding the Symptoms: Does Menopause Cause Moodiness and Depression? the NAMS also elaborate on:

“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”.

In Who Can Assist: What Works? the (Australian) Beyondblue note:

“Everyone’s different. Treatment needs to be tailored to your condition, circumstances, needs and preferences. Most people with anxiety or depression benefit from one or a combination of the following:

  • Lifestyle changes and social support
  • Psychological or ‘talking’ therapies
  • Medical therapies”.

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Last Updated: 18 September 2018 – Last Revised: 10 September 2018