You can expect lots of changes when entering menopause. Mood swings, erratic periods, hot flashes, and night sweats just to name a few.
But did you know that there’s a connection between menopause and depression? Thanks to drastic spikes and dips in your hormone levels, feelings of anxiety, fear, and sadness are more common during menopause than you might think.
Keep reading to learn what causes depression during menopause, if it’s normal, and how to deal with it.
Is Depression During Menopause Normal?
In general, women are more susceptible to depression than men. Depression affects up to 25% of women at some point in their lives, usually starting in their 20s.
Emotional changes and internal triggers are often to blame. Women who’ve experienced depression in the past are more likely to experience intensified symptoms during menopause.
As you age, your body goes through countless changes, both physically and emotionally. For many women suffering from depression, symptoms are perimenopausal.
Similar to PMS (premenstrual syndrome), perimenopause presents symptoms in women approaching the age of menopause.
The average woman enters menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. Some women will experience it sooner depending on their medical history. For example, a hysterectomy, cancer, or genetics may send you into early menopause.
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