For many women, midlife is filled with changes and challenges, both internally and externally. While dealing with symptoms like hot flashes and sleep problems, many women are also feeling the pressures of raising children or having them leave home, caring for aging parents, managing intense career demands, or all of the above. For women who’ve had low-level depression, perimenopause can worsen symptoms, and first-time depression or a recurrence of major depression are common, too. Talk with your physician or a mental-health professional if you’ve been feeling down. Depending on the specifics, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, hormone therapy, or a combination of approaches may be helpful.
Source: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Perimenopausal Depression: Summary and Recommendations
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