The symptoms of the menopause can be both physical and emotional. Uncomfortable physical symptoms occur in 80% of women and include: hot flushes; night sweats; irregular, heavy or scant periods; dry or itchy skin; aches and pains; tiredness; insomnia and sleep disturbance; bladder problems and vaginal dryness.
In addition to these physical symptoms many women also suffer from psychological issues including: panic attacks; poor memory and concentration; irritability; decrease in sexual desire and depression.
The menopause can trigger episodes of sadness and depression. It is thought that somewhere between 8% and 15% of menopausal women experience some form of depression. Menopausal depression is most likely to occur during perimenopause, the phase leading up to menopause.
Controversy continues as to how much of these emotional symptoms can be put down to biological changes, and how much are down to the significant psychological and sociological transitions also occurring at this moment.
After all this period of midlife is also a time when women redefine their roles as daughters, wives and mothers. They are often losing roles from which they had derived their primary identities, eg so called 'empty nest syndrome', while at the same time the body starts to falter. This is why the correct treatment of this cluster of problems involves skilled understanding of the complex biology involved as well as the various psychological issues.
If you feel that you are experiencing menopausal depression or the menopause is having a detrimental impact on your emotional health you should seek help immediately. A number of options are available that will help reduce the symptoms including medication and therapeutic support.
Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors who are experienced in offering treatment for Psychiatric and depressive symptoms associated with the menopause and we will be able to offer full support and advice for you.
By calling our team on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.