Symptoms of depression commonly occur during the perimenopause/menopause. Here, Dr Newson is joined by Dr Rebecca Lewis and together they discuss why symptoms can occur & ways of managing them with the right treatment. For many menopausal women, these symptoms are incorrectly diagnosed as depression; research shows around 70% of perimenopausal/menopausal women are inappropriately offered/given antidepressants. There is no evidence that antidepressants are beneficial for the low mood associated with changing hormone levels.
Dr Rebecca Lewis' Thee Take Home Tips about Menopause and Depression:
- Low mood is a very common symptom during the menopause - you are not alone!
- There is a great treatment available and the right type and dose of oestrogen can really help these symptoms.
- HRT is safe and can be so beneficial for our mental health, as well as cardiovascular health and bone health.