Depression and Menopause
Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:17 AM Monday, May 7, 2012
I thought for day two of National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week I would discuss depression and menopause.
If you Peri-menopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal chances are you suffer from depression. Depression can kill you!
What is depression? This is a hard question to really answer. Most women at some time in their life feel depressed, but over time these feelings can over shadow their daily lives.
For the menopausal woman depression can become a staple in her life and she can no longer function. There are many kinds of depression. After the birth of my third child I experienced post postpartum depression. I had a severe case, but it didn't take me over the edge like menopausal depression has.
You see, I suffer from not only anxiety disorder but depression as well. It was mild at first until the onset of menopause. There are days when I cannot function.
There are of course good days and worse days. There are days when I cannot function or my body doesn't get along with my mind. There are days when I am walking around in a fog. There are days when the pain is so overwhelming I want to scream.
The hardest part about menopausal depression for me is surviving the work force . I now have a full time (working 9 hours a day)job when I get so exhausted I want to call it quits. I know I can't. I know I have to function and try to get passed the hurdles associated with menopausal depression. It's a daily uphill battle. Maybe I'll win or maybe I won't...
There are a lot of great resources available on the subject of depression and menopause. Take advantage of them. Depression hurts no only you, but those around you...
One good source is Women and Depression: Discovering Hope.