New study confirms strong connection between menopause and depression

Dark moods tend to descend during the transition to menopause. Image: iStock

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Studies have shown that the menopausal transition, particularly perimenopause and early post-menopause, is correlated with an increased risk of depression due to changing hormone levels. Indeed, the 2018 guidelines for perimenopausal depression, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), state that:

  • Perimenopause is a vulnerable time for women to develop depressive symptoms and major depressive episodes.
  • The risk of depressive symptoms is elevated during perimenopause even in women with no history of major depressive disorder.

A new Turkish study published July 1, 2020, in Menopause has confirmed a correlation between the menopausal transition and depression, and an association between certain risk factors and depressive episodes after menopause.

The research team looked at 485 post-menopausal Turkish women ages 35 to 78 to assess the frequency of depressive symptoms, the biological, social, and psychological variables involved, and levels of the fear of death. (…)

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