“Just take a deep breath.” Do you find that you’re telling yourself those words more than ever before? Stress can invade our everyday lives in so many ways: family issues, financial stress, relationship stress, even how we feel about ourselves. All of these stressors can burden our minds and spirits. A study by the American Institute of Stress in New York reveals that 77 percent of U.S. adults under stress experience psychological symptoms as a result of stress.
Maintaining a healthy mindset through middle age, especially menopause, can be a challenge in itself. With the decreased hormone production of menopause, many women experience mood swings, even depression, as a symptom at times throughout menopause. The “menopause blues” as they’re often called can be temporary or may lead into a more long-term, serious condition requiring treatment.
It’s important to note that menopause is not known to directly cause depression, but symptoms of menopause can entail sleep deprivation, night sweats, mood swings, and changes in how you look and feel, all of which can contribute to depression. It’s important to identify whether you’re suffering from depression as a symptom or clinical depression as a condition.
Mood swings throughout menopause can sometimes be relieved by taking a low-dose oral contraceptive (OC). If you feel you might be experiencing clinical depression, it’s wise to consult with your primary doctor who may refer you to a psychologist. There’s no shame in dealing with clinical depression because your well-being is worth whatever treatment is needed to help protect your mind and future.
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