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Anxiety Snapshot can be a place to start if you are searching for information about anxiety. Read more

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

The study Depression, Anxiety and Fear of Death In Postmenopausal Women involved 485 postmenopausal Turkish women aged between 35 and 78 years. Read more

Feeling like a hot flushing, night sweating, moody version of our former self, can challenge the most resilient woman. Read more

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 FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last? explains some menopause symptoms can make us hot or bothered, for longer than we think. Read more

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Mindfulness is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how mindfulness may relieve some menopause symptoms.

Is there an association between mindfulness and some menopause symptoms?

In Women’s Wellness: Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms published on 19 March 2019, the (United States) Mayo Clinic News Network elaborate on:

““In this study, we found that midlife women with higher mindfulness scores experienced fewer menopausal symptoms,” says Mayo Clinic general internist and women’s health specialist Richa Sood, M.D., the study’s lead author. “These findings suggest that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help women reduce menopausal symptoms and overall stress.””

The study also found:

“The higher a woman’s perceived level of stress, the greater the link between higher mindfulness and reduced menopausal symptoms.”

Is there an association between mindfulness and “irritability, depression and anxiety in middle-aged menopausal women”?

In Women’s Wellness: Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms the Mayo Clinic News Network note:

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“An exciting finding in the study, according to Dr. Sood, was the association of higher mindfulness scores and lower symptom scores for irritability, depression and anxiety in middle-aged menopausal women.”

Is there an association between mindfulness and hot flushes/flashes and night sweats?

In Women’s Wellness: Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms the Mayo Clinic News Network explain:

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Mindfulness

“One surprising outcome of the study is that higher mindfulness scores were not associated with lower hot flash and night sweat symptom scores, Dr. Sood says. One theory as to why is that the amount of distress experienced from night sweats and hot flashes may have more to do with individual personality traits rather than the symptoms themselves.”

In Menopausal Symptoms In-Depth: What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms – Mind and Body Practices: Mindfulness the (United States) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) elaborate on:

“In an NCCIH-funded study, mindfulness meditation training reduced the bothersomeness of hot flashes in menopausal women and led to improvements in anxiety, perceived stress, self-reported sleep quality, and quality of life. However, the intensity of hot flashes did not change.”

What are some tips about mindfulness and menopause?

In Make Your Menopause A Positive Experience the author elaborates on:

“Even in the face of difficult symptoms, women consistently say that changing their outlook helps. The following tips can help you transform your menopause experience.

  • Menopause FAQs: Menopause MindfulnessWatch your thoughts…
  • Laugh…
  • Make time for yourself…
  • Stay connected…
  • Stay in the moment….”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause MindfulnessIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the North American Menopause Society 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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“Many women report symptoms of depressed mood, stress, anxiety, and a decreased sense of well-being around the time of menopause”. Read more

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

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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

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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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