Going through menopause can be an extremely difficult time due to the possible symptoms that many women experience. If you are experiencing severe symptoms then you can also run the risk of having some psychological effects as well. Here at the Australian Menopause Centre we know how much stress going through these life changes can be, and the best way to combat any psychological effects is through a support network.
Medical and family support during menopause
Family and friends may already be aware you are experiencing menopause but if they do not then it’s a good idea to tell them. While a doctor or other medical professional can give you advice and other support, it’s your friends and especially your family, that will really help you through. Don’t be afraid to tell your loved ones if you are feeling depressed, experiencing mood swings or having other psychological problems.
The fact is, menopause is a naturally occurring part of life and with it can come some very unpleasant symptoms. If you are isolating yourself from your friends and family because of your symptoms then it’s probably time to consider a new approach. It can be especially useful to ask friends in your peer group if they have or are experiencing menopause – another option is to look for a support group to help you out.
Common psychological effects of menopause
Everyone who has or is experiencing menopause understands how turbulent your emotions and well being can become. This is due to chemical changes in the body – primarily the decreasing production of oestrogen in the ovaries. In some cases this can lead to cases of depression or at least similar symptoms to depression such as:
- Lack of energy
- Problems coping with everyday life
- More sleep than usual
- Mood swings and even uncontrollable crying
If you do experience these types of symptoms it does not mean you are definitely suffering from depression. Many of these symptoms may merely be related to menopause and not a separate problem. If you do have concerns make sure you consult with your doctor or other medical professional. Don’t just ignore your symptoms – especially if they are having a negative impact on your life.
Life after menopause
Remember, menopause isn’t going to last forever and is usually over in a number of years. While it will mean big changes to your body, mentality and lifestyle it should also be seen as a new stage in your life. So make sure you take care of both your physical and mental health during menopause.