How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

The journey of menopause changes you at multiple levels. In addition to changes in your reproductive and hormonal biology, life changes at this transitional moment can feel intense or unpredictable. For people with existing mental health conditions, menopause can change underlying needs and symptoms. Even if you don't typically struggle with your mental health, the period around your menopause might be unusually tumultuous for you, and you may experience unusual mood swings or depression.

Lena Speck Hopkins, MD offers complete and compassionate care for patients undergoing menopause from her Harlingen, Texas offices. She can help guide you through the transition of your menopause without losing your mind, with helpful resources and therapies to support you through changes in your body and life.

Physical changes

Your menopause begins when your reproductive cycle starts to shut down, changing your hormone levels and ending your menstrual periods. Menopause most typically occurs for women in the United States at around the age of 51, but you might begin to enter menopause as early as your 40s, and the process can last for as long as 10 years.

As you enter menopause, your levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone start to progressively decrease. Changes in your hormone levels impact both your physical and mental health. 

These changes can all leave you feeling destabilized or insecure. In addition to support like counseling, hormone replacement therapies can sometimes be helpful for patients going through menopause.

Life stage transitions

As you go through menopause, your age makes it likely that you will experience changes and transitions in other parts of your life, as well. These changes can negatively impact your mental health and sense of self. You may be leaving a job or taking a promotion, or members of your family might be getting ready to move out and start families of their own.

You may struggle to feel secure or fulfilled as you transition to the next stage in your life, creating symptoms of anxiety or depression. Extra support during this time of your life can make a big difference in your continuing mental health. Even if you feel like you shouldn't make a fuss, or don't want to be a burden, let your friends, family, and medical care team know about your emotional symptoms or struggles.

To schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Hopkins and get started on dealing with your concerns about your mental health during menopause, get in touch today. You can book your appointment over the phone, or by using the online tool.

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