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Menopause Mood Disorders

Abstract: What do we know about mood disorders after menopause?

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Menopause Mood Disorders

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Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 30 Jan 2009.

What do we know about mood disorders after menopause?


Natural menopause is a normal and expected transition in a woman's life cycle. Most women will not experience severe difficulties, but preconceptions about the climacterium are likely to influence how well it is tolerated. Although most community studies have not shown an increase in mood disorders among postmenopausal women, there may be an increase in the 5 years preceding menopause. Mood disorders are more likely to occur in surgically menopausal women and in women with previous episodes of depression.

It is likely that estrogen therapy has mood-lifting properties by way of decreasing hot flushes and vaginal dryness. It is also probable that estrogen has mood stabilizing properties in surgically menopausal women.

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