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Menopause and Depression

Every woman enters in to the menopause period anywhere in the ages 45-50. It is the condition, in which the women stop menstruating. Many research studies have shown the strong correlation between the menopause and depression. It is seen that the women are more prone to the depression during menopause than in any stage of life. This is just due to some common factors that results in to the depression during menopause. Thus, what factors hit the depression during menopausal phase need to be understood and the underlying reasons can only help her to get the proper treatment.

There are many reasons, which can affect the women with the depression symptoms. The main reason is the hormonal imbalance, which starts in the perimenopause phase, which is the preceding stage of menopause. In this stage, the hormones estrogen and progesterone that are responsible for the menstruation cycle and reproductive system starts declining. Among both the hormones, the estrogen is having great link with the brain hormone serotonin, which is responsible for the person’s emotions and both are directly proportional. Thus as the estrogen level decreases, the level of serotonin in the brain also decreases, thus leads to the low moods and sad feeling for the extended period, which are the initial symptoms of depression.

Thus the depression is the condition in which there is great up and downs in the emotions and the victim person is not in the control of their own mood. Some more symptoms of depression that affects the women are frequent mood swings, lack of energy, lack of interest in the activity, feeling of isolation from people, always surrounded by the pessimistic thoughts, remain sad, unable to sleep properly, loss of appetite and many more. Thus, it becomes difficult for them to do their daily activity efficiently.

The women, who are about to enter in to the menopause period should give great attention to their symptoms, because it can lead to severe depression, if left untreated. So, on noticing the symptoms of depression, one should immediately contact the gynecologist and if needed should also contact the psychologist to obtain the treatment as soon as possible. The selection of line of treatment is very important, because each depressed women responds differently to the different treatments.

The Antidepressant drugs are the most preferable treatment, which can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression. Also herbal medicines are available for treating depression. Other than the hormonal imbalance, the environment at their place, lack of activity for whole day, or staying alone in the home and many others can also be the reason of depression. So in such conditions, the person suffering from the depression can help themselves by practicing certain type of healthy lifestyle. The diet plays an important role in the mood uplifting, thus having diet with the proper balance of protein, fiber and carbohydrate can really help. One can also go for daily 30 minutes exercise or any sport activity, which brings freshness in the person. The natural therapy like Yoga and meditation are proved to be the best treatment, which also helps to prevent the onset of depression. This will help to keep the negative vibes at the bay.