During perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations can have a significant impact on a woman’s emotional well-being. These hormonal changes can cause mood swings, irritability, and feelings of sadness, which are symptoms also associated with depression and anxiety disorders. As a result, healthcare providers may misattribute these symptoms to preexisting mental health conditions or solely focus on treating depression or anxiety without considering the hormonal aspect.

There are a few reasons why hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause can be misattributed to depression or anxiety disorders:

Lack of Awareness

Healthcare providers may not be fully aware of the hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause and their potential impact on mental health. This lack of awareness can lead to misdiagnosis or overlooking the hormonal component of the symptoms

Overlapping Symptoms

Symptoms of hormonal fluctuations, depression, and anxiety can overlap, making it challenging to differentiate between the causes. Fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and changes in appetite can be present in both perimenopause and mental health disorders, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.

Stigma Around Perimenopause

Perimenopause is often underrecognized and not openly discussed, leading to a lack of understanding and knowledge among healthcare providers. This can contribute to the misattribution of symptoms to mental health disorders rather than considering the hormonal changes associated with perimenopause.

Individual Variations

Every woman’s experience with perimenopause is unique, and the severity and duration of symptoms can vary. This variability can make it challenging to distinguish between perimenopause symptoms and mental health disorders, as both can affect individuals differently.

It is important for women to communicate their menopausal status and symptoms to their healthcare providers to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options. By raising awareness about the potential misattribution of hormonal fluctuations to depression or anxiety disorders, you can advocate for a more comprehensive healthcare plan that addresses both the hormonal and mental health aspects of perimenopause.

Explore Better Hormone Health

ReVital offers free consultations where you can speak to one of our clinicians about ReVital’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. At ReVital, we can conduct simple blood tests to evaluate the levels of these hormones in your system and prescribe supplements or therapies to treat and control the majority of hormonal imbalances. Remember, every woman’s experience is unique, so it’s important to consult with your primary healthcare professional for guidance and support throughout your personal health journey.