Many people know that the menopause can cause hot flushes and tiredness. However, not everyone is aware that it can affect your mental health too. The symptoms of the menopause can be quite distressing and they can leave women feeling depressed or anxious.
We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.
Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.
During the menopause, women can:
- Be aggressive
- Be depressed
- Feel anxious
- Feel irritable
- Feel sad
- Have little motivation
- Have problems concentrating
This is how menopause affects mental health in millions of women every year. If you are going through the menopause and you have a pre-existing mental health concern, you could have a relapse. This is why it’s important to seek help. This website shows you where you can get treatment and support if you’re struggling.
Menopause and Bipolar Disorder
Women who have bipolar disorder may experience more symptoms such as depressive episodes during the menopause. This is because they can be more sensitive to shifts in hormones.
Menopause and Depression
No studies have shown that there’s a link between menopause and depression. However, research has suggested that those who suffered from postpartum depression might have severe mood swings during perimenopause.
Menopause and Schizophrenia
The reduction in oestrogen can aggravate or trigger the symptoms associated with schizophrenia. This may mean that medication might be required.
Menopause and Mental Health
In addition to the change in oestrogen levels, many women feel burdened with other stressors at this time. These stressors can include:
- Adult children leaving or returning home
- A need to re-evaluate their expectations of life
- Career changes
- Changes in finances
- Concerns about getting older
- Concerns about ageing parents
- The end or beginning of a romantic relationship
- Worries about the health of their partner
If you’re struggling with the menopause, you’re not alone. There is support in Brayton and the surrounding areas. Please speak to your doctor if you have experienced an increase in symptoms.
You could also contact local and national support groups who might be able to help you.
Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at email@example.com