Depression is a common menopausal symptoms that is probably caused by the hormonal and physical changes you are going through (just as teenagers get moody when they experience the hormonal roller coaster of puberty).
Unpredictable hormone fluctuations plus stress, body image, sexuality, infertility, or aging — any one or a combination of these causes emotional distress that may result in mood swings or, in more severe cases, depression. Determining the cause and extent of your “menopause blues” is very important.
For mild to moderate depression, herbal remedies such as St. John’s wort and the following lifestyle changes, recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health, may be helpful:
- Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
- Participate in activities that may make you feel better such as mild exercise, going to a movie, a ballgame, or participating in religious, social, or other enjoyable activities.
- Give it time. Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.
- Postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition — change jobs, get married or divorced — discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.