When is it depression?

Depression is a common and potentially serious menopause symptom.


Feelings of sadness are normal as we go through the roller coaster of highs and lows in our lives.

So is feeling unhappy for short periods of time.

But when these types of feelings persist and are impairing your ability to get on with daily life, it could signal the presence of a more serious depressive disorder.

A loss of interest in usual activities, a sleeping disorder and withdrawal from friends and family can also be signs of depression.

Sometimes, depression can be a symptom of menopause.

What is the link between depression and menopause?

The underlying cause of depression in menopausal women is hormonal imbalance, particularly the reduction in levels of estrogen.

This hormone plays a big role in regulating brain functions especially chemicals that influence mood such as serotonin and cortisol.

Decreasing levels of estrogen that occur as women enter menopause can also cause other physical and psychological issues such as hot flushes and anxiety, which can lead to depression.

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