Menopause depression is known to hit more on women who are approaching their menopausal stage. Two recent studies conducted indicate that hormonal changes can be partially blamed for such occurrence. Such studies followed several women through their menopausal transition period which is also known as Perimenopause.
These women did not have a history of family depression; however their risk of developing such traits significantly increased during these years.
What is depression, how can it affect a person? Depression is known to be a disease that due to certain biological factors such as hormones in the brain, specifically serotonin which regulate a person’s mood. There may be times that the level of serotonin may dive down causing certain fluctuations in a person’s mood and extreme episodes of depressions.
Menopause can set off a woman’s feelings of loneliness and sadness as well as certain episodes of depression. Research indicated that 8% to 15% of women on their menopausal stage experience menopause depression. That is still a cause of debates and has had certain theories, as well as assumptions as to why many menopausal women experience mood swings and disorders.
Another theory of menopause depression is that stress caused by menopause symptoms can lead to depression. Some women may even find it hard to cope on their own signs of menopause as they are already on the verge of coping with work, family and friends, finances. Let alone the menopausal stage or transition that they are currently undertaking and the big physical change which causes the onset menopause depression.
Menopause depression is also known to connect illness with irregular levels of hormones in the woman’s body. All through the menopausal phase the level of progesterone, androgen and estrogen are constantly evolving. Such hormones are believed to be interconnected with the brain’s mood core. As the woman’s hormone drops, mainly estrogen, she experiences episodes of sadness and being hopeless.
Women in their menopausal stage may experience an increased risk of increasing menopause depression if they have a family history of mood disorders. Women who have been depressed before, especially during their twenty are more susceptible to see such depression reoccur. Likewise women who went through a surgical menopause are at risk of menopause depression; surgery is known to cause a major drop in estrogen levels adding to increased to anxiety and depression symptoms. Women who smoke or those who have young children as well as those who are under a lot of stress are more susceptible to build some kind of depression during such time.
Some women may not be aware of this but depression and menopause go hand in hand, often times they are inseparable. This is due to the sudden changes a woman is going through, while others are related to life issues such as getting older and becoming a burden to our society or to their family members.
There are several symptoms that menopause depression can display such as: fatigue, loss of interest in certain activities, sadness and grief, sensitivity, hopelessness and reduction of pleasure.
There is however natural treatments that may help you alleviate such depression, it does not only help you cope with the depression but alleviates your menopause as well. However, before you take some self medications it would be best to consult first your doctor’s opinion regarding such treatments.
Naturally, you have your supplemental vitamins on your list. And in addition to such medication, you can also add fish oil, herbs and other health supplements. There are also certain ways to lift your menopause depression, such as listening to music or classical and instrumental music, acupuncture, aromatherapy, exercise. Yoga and light therapy.
Make sure also that your diet gives you the needed nutrients and vitamins your body needs. Your brain cannot function effectively without the needed nutrients; therefore your diet will definitely be the best help that you can offer to your body. However, if you are having some problems in getting the needed nutrients from your diet, you can opt to supplement it with vitamins particularly needed for menopause and depression. These are vitamin B-complex, vitamins D or E as well as magnesium if such depression still persists. There are two known herbs that can help your body respond to the stress these are the Siberian and American Ginseng.
Exercise is likewise known to be a good relaxant or way of reducing stress and depression, as it increases brain chemicals which are known to make a person feel s good. You don’t have to force yourself in completing hours and hours of tedious exercise. 15 minutes to 30 minutes would be enough to make your mind fresh and then you can just add several minutes more as day’s pass by.
Yoga on the other hand, is also known to work effectively with menopause and depression. It helps a person rejuvenate itself and relaxes, balancing your hormones by bringing blood flow into your glands and tissues. Several yoga stretches would definitely make a huge impact on how you are going to feel after doing such meditation and exercise.
The most important thing that you always need to put to mind is that soon it will all be over. It’s just part of your stage and the sooner you learn to accept it. The easier it would be for you to live your life without getting too much into menopause depression. Live your life to the best that you can and learn to embrace such harsh reality, and then you’ll finally realize that experiencing your menopausal stage is not the frightening after all.