Menopause is a normal part of every woman’s life, but it can affect your moods. Too often, women and their doctors minimize depression during this time with the inaccurate and possibly even harmful statement, “It’s probably just menopause.” Usually there are many other factors involved in menopausal mood changes than just hormones. Don’t assume “it’s just menopause.” Although hormonal changes may well play a role in depression, it’s still important to schedule an appointment with your physician so she can evaluate other potential culprits, including thyroid disorders, anemia and side effects from medications. Read on for more tips for dealing with mood changes during menopause.
Carol Landau, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Brown University's Alpert Medical School, is a co-author of The New Truth About Menopause: Straight Talk About Treatments and Choices from Two Leading Women Doctors.