How Menopause Affects Mental Health

Menopause has not been an easy transition for me. It’s not for many women, no matter how optimistic or zen they think they are.

Menopause means your ovaries stop producing most of their Estrogen. Without Estrogen, your mind and body are not firing on all cylinders. You know what happens when your car is misfiring, right?

The same happens to your body in menopause. You can experience a host of health problems.

“In addition to regulating the menstrual cycle, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain.”

Menopausal symptoms include

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Sadness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cognitive issues: perception, thoughts, problem solving, decision making and comprehension

Additionally, Experts say women who have struggled with depression or anxiety in the past might experience a resurgence in symptoms.

If you’re diagnosed with bipolar or schizophrenia, your symptoms may worsen at certain times in menopause.

What can I do?

It doesn’t matter whether you have a known diagnosis or not or have struggled with mental illness or not; your mind and emotions need to be tended to every day but especially so during menopausal transition.

The following are a few other suggestions for your consideration.

Talk with a therapist and or a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist can prescribe certain medications for a short period of time or however long you need them. Regular talk therapy can give you a place to share or vent frustrations and emotions so you don’t take it out on those you care about.

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. In my experience, this is a useless tip unless you have an extraordinary doctor willing to take time with you, guide and support you. The only reason I suggested this is because I have to since I am not a doctor.

Do not be surprised if you’re not getting the help you need from your physician.

**I am not a doctor, nurse, medical expert, or practitioner. If you have any symptoms of any kind, you should always talk to your doctor.

Consider acupuncture and herbs. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is an option for many women but they’re not recommended for cancer survivors (people like me). A chinese medicine practitioner can make other herbal recommendations.

Exercise! Regular exercise can have a profound impact on how you feel. Physical movement increases your happiness endorphins, and it reduces stress, too. Win-win!

Whatever you do, don’t suffer alone. I have a Facebook group. Feel free to join the group called Menopause Brain or share right here in the comment box.

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