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During perimenopause, or before menopause, apart from mood changes such as anxiety, the menopause blues and mood swings, we may also experience changes in our PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Read more

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Menopause Mood Changes Videos includes videos by the North American Menopause Society explaining mood changes women may experience such as sadness and irritability. Read more

Menopause Mental Health FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) explains why we may experience symptoms of moodiness, anxiety, depression, irritability or stress. Read more

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, Moods is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about menopause emotional and psychological symptoms.

Menopause and Depression

Is there an association between menopause and depression?

In Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause – 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) explain:

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“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”.

Menopause Emotional Symptoms

What are some emotional symptoms of menopause?

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

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, Moods“Emotional Symptoms

  • Difficulty 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”.

Look for A Pattern

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, MoodsHow may I Look for A Pattern with psychological symptoms of menopause?

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”.

Self-Management Techniques

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

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.

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:

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, Moods

  • “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”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Depression, Anxiety, MoodsIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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Before and after menopause, mood changes may be more common than we realise. Read more

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“Hormone changes in the years leading to menopause (perimenopause) can cause mood swings and irritability and can contribute to depression and anxiety”. Read more

“There are many menopause symptoms that may impact on a woman’s relationships, especially the one with her intimate partner”. Read more

“Most women make the transition into menopause without experiencing depression, but many women report symptoms of moodiness, depressed mood…”.1

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What may the Menopause Blues Umbrella include?

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

  • Blue Moods
  • Depressed Mood
  • Dysphoria
  • Feeling Blue
  • Feeling Sad
  • “Menopause Blues”
  • “The Blues”

Definition

What is feeling blue?

DotS the definition of feeling blue may vary. The North American Menopause Society’s (NAMS) definition is:

“A depressed mood — This is a normal, brief period of feeling blue or sad that is commonly experienced and rarely requires treatment. The medical term is dysphoria”.2

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and feeling blue?

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 NAMS explain:

Menopause Blues “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”.3

Treatment

How may the menopause blues be treated?

According to the NAMS:

“Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques, including deep-breathing exercises and massage, a healthy lifestyle (good nutrition and daily exercise), and enjoyable, self-nurturing activities may all be helpful. Some women try to treat their menopause symptoms with over-the-counter products such as St. John’s wort or vitamin B6”.4

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 – 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 my menopause blues?

If you would like help with your menopause blues, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

On page one in Menopause and Depression: Recognizing Depressive Symptoms and Depression the NAMS explain:

“When you are transitioning into menopause, you should notify your healthcare practitioner whether you have suffered from depression in the past or whether you were particularly sensitive to hormone changes and have experienced premenstrual syndrome or postpartum depression. Be alert and notice whether these mood changes are mild and do not greatly affect your quality of life or whether they are severe and debilitating and interfere with your daily activities”.6

In Depression & Menopause: If Depression Is Severe the NAMS elaborate on:

“Unpredictable hormone fluctuations plus stress, body image, sexuality, infertility, or aging — any one or a combination of these causes emotional distress that may result in mood swings or, in more severe cases, depression. Determining the cause and extent of your “menopause blues” is very important”.7

In Depression: How Health Professionals Can Help – Remember the (Australia) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health remind us:

  • “Depression is common
  • It is not a sign of weakness
  • It is nothing to be ashamed about
  • It can be treated”.8

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  1. 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: 08 April 2021
  2. Depression & Menopause: 3 Types of Depression. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/depression-menopause Accessed: 08 April 2021
  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: 08 April 2021
  4. Five Solutions for Menopause Symptoms: 1. Mood Changes. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/five-solutions-for-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 08 April 2021
  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/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/global-consensus-hrt-2016-06.pdf Accessed: 08 April 2021
  6. Menopause and Depression: Recognizing Depressive Symptoms and Depression. 2018: 1. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/menonote-menopause-and-depression.pdf Accessed: 08 April 2021
  7. Depression & Menopause: If Depression Is Severe. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/depression-menopause Accessed: 08 April 2021
  8. Depression: How Health Professionals Can Help – Remember. Last Updated: 07 December 2020 | Last Reviewed: 10 March 2014. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/depression Accessed: 08 April 2021

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