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Menopause and mental health: the need for a holistic and medical approach

29 Feb 2024
The Menopause Theatre

Menopausal Women start asking themselves, "Where's the joy in my life?" it could be time to seek help.

We need to explore how hormonal changes affect mental well-being during perimenopause. Many women are unaware of how hormonal shifts can disrupt their mental health. The psychological symptoms they can experience, such as anxiety, low mood, loss of confidence, and problems with memory recall.

In terms of emotions, perimenopause brings challenges like mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and changes in emotional well-being. These psychological symptoms highlight the need to recognize and address the impact of menopause on mental health.

The importance of mental health during perimenopause is often overlooked compared to visible physical symptoms. It's crucial to understand menopause as not just a physical change but also a psychological one. This understanding helps women navigate this transformative period with more insight and resilience.

Women in perimenopause may grapple with emotions that go beyond the expected mood swings. Feelings of anxiety and irritability, often brushed off as everyday stress, can be linked to hormonal shifts in perimenopause.

Raising awareness about the psychological side of menopause is crucial for creating a supportive environment.. Women need information about how menopause can impact their emotional well-being to approach it more holistically.

Healthcare providers play a crucial role. They can offer support, education, and personalized interventions to help women navigate the psychological aspects of perimenopause. Recognizing the connection between physical and mental health allows healthcare professionals to provide more comprehensive care tailored to each woman's needs.

It's essential to acknowledge that every woman's experience during perimenopause is unique. While some may have fewer psychological challenges, others may face more pronounced issues. Recognizing this diversity helps tailor interventions to individual needs.

Integrating discussions about mental health into the menopause narrative helps destigmatize the psychological challenges of this stage. Creating a platform for women to share experiences builds a sense of community and normalizes conversations about mental health. Empowering women with knowledge about the potential psychological aspects of menopause enables them to approach this phase with self-awareness and resilience.

In summary, perimenopause involves not just physical changes but also a complex interplay of emotions. Recognizing and addressing the psychological side of menopause acknowledges its holistic nature. Through education, open conversations, and personalized support, women can navigate perimenopause with a deeper understanding of its impact on both their bodies and minds.

Veerpal Sandhu, Advanced Clinical Pharmacist Specialized in Menopause & Mental Health - NHS & Private The Menopause Clinician

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