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Does Menopause Have Any Influence On Your Mental Health?
Posted on April 21, 2016 4:28 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Your mood throughout menopause can fluctuate drastically where you feel joyful one minute and irritable the next.  The signs of menopause are both physical and emotional so it can be difficult to cope with depending on your decreasing levels of hormones.  We all feel unhappy from time to time but how will you know when mood swings are too frequent and your mental health is affected?
 
Consider Your Mood
 
There are a few factors to consider when determining what may be causing you to have negative feelings in the years leading up to and during menopause.  Hot flashes, night sweats, and poor sleep are typically due to lower levels of estrogen.  As a result, women feel more irritable and dispirited without adequate sleep which influences their mental health.
 
First, rule out any physical reasons that may be attributed to your decline in mental health as a drop in hormone levels may not be the only reason your mood has changed.  Do you consistently feel negative about yourself and find it difficult to enjoy a day without feeling annoyed?  If so, talk openly with Dr. Mac or Kristi about an effective menopause treatment in Indianapolis (more info) that lifts your spirits and supports your mental well-being.
 
Do You Experience Sleep Problems?
 
Several studies have shown a close link between sleep and mood.  Poor sleep increases your risk for depression or anxiety that eventually influences your mental health.  Prevent this from happening by following a regular sleep schedule where you go to sleep in the evening and wake up at the same time each day.
 
Maintain healthy sleeping habits and keep your room cool to reduce the chance of waking up in a night sweat.  Menopause does have an influence on your mental health if you fail to get quality sleep on a regular basis so seek treatment early to get the relief you deserve.
 
David McLaughlin, MD