Carol Landau, Ph.D., responds to message board posts on mood changes and "the change" (11 Photos)
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“Given your age, it is quite likely that you are menopausal or perimenopausal, because hot flashes (HF) are the ‘calling cards’ of the menopausal transition. Insomnia is a very important symptom to treat. It’s all connected: Untreated HF and night sweats (NS) can cause a sleep disturbance, which in turn can cause symptoms of depression -- sadness, irritability. Your mother’s attitude is common among women who went through menopause a generation ago or more. But there is no reason to suffer in silence! You might try wearing lightweight, layered bedclothes (ditto for bed linens), watching out for foods or beverages that trigger hot flashes and having ice water to drink nearby. Also try to eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts. If you haven’t been to your doctor in a while, schedule a visit to check for other possible causes and possible treatments. Hormone therapy will eliminate HF, but some women prefer to avoid them, and the recommendations are not to take them for a long period of time. Antidepressants can treat both hot flashes and depression.” --Carol Landau, Ph.D.
Carol Landau, clinical professor of psychiatry and medicine at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, is a coauthor of The New Truth About Menopause: Straight Talk About Treatments and Choices from Two Leading Women Doctors.
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