Enjoy Your Menopause!

December 31, 2008

Marriage & Menopause

Women who have a poor relationship with their spouse may face a serious bout with depression during menopause according to some medical experts.

Women in distressed marriages have higher levels of stress, less physical activity, and may find themselves isolated from the public more often than not.

According to researchers at Ohio State University, the increases in stress and other problems that come with a distressed marital relationship can have real health consequences. 

Symptoms of depression can range from physical signs to obvious emotional feelings. Many women suffering from depression suffer from cognitive problems including poor concentration and memory loss; while others find that their bodies require more or less food or sleep. Emotional symptoms may include increased anger as well as feelings of malaise and hopelessness.

 

One of the first steps should be to get a complete physical examination and discuss with your Primary HealthCare provider the symptoms and effects of the depression you are suffering from. Once that is accomplished the two of you can then decide on a course of treatment.

Whether your depression is brought on by the circumstances in life or the chemicals affecting the neurotransmitters in your brain, you can manage and conquer depression caused by Menopause.

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8 Comments »

  1. I’d have to agree with the medical experts on this. Menopause can be a very scary and stressful time in a woman’s life!

    Comment by Understanding Menopause — December 31, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. Life is enough to depress us at times, but menopause can really do the deal. There is no shame in taking antidepressants to get through the tough spots and lessen the symptoms.

    Comment by Archer Pam — January 3, 2009 @ 3:29 am | Reply

  3. I reconnected with a friend, an old college roommate. And she is going through this big time, depression and weight gain, she has always had a model figure. Now she is embarrassed to be out and about in her current shape. Staying in touch to cheer her up. Thank goodness she has a supportive husband and kids, or I don’t think she’d make it.

    Comment by Heidi Caswell — January 3, 2009 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  4. Menopause and aging in general can bring on feelings of depression. Thanks for the useful advice especially about the neurotransmitters in the brain. Today, people can get real help and we just need to know to ask for it.

    Comment by Eileen Williams — January 3, 2009 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  5. I didn’t relate the two menopause and having a poor martial relationship, but I can see how it would cause stress. Thanking God daily for a wonderful, loving husband!

    Comment by Betty Lynch — January 3, 2009 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  6. I will never forget how “crazy” I was a few days before my last (.) before meno, I hadn’t had anything for a year so it came as a complete surprise…I didn’t know such a monster existed inside of me, and it wasn’t my hubby that got the brunt of it, but someone I was working in ministry with…so very embarrassing to think back on but I think we resolved things, thank the Lord for forgiveness. A few days after the incident I realized what was going on and haven’t had as bad a day as that one since:-)

    Comment by Claudia Chronicles — January 5, 2009 @ 3:32 am | Reply

  7. For the last 8 months I have been having physical issues with heavy bleeding and clotting. It has been scary. Emotionally only a few days of absolute sadness and crying, and once I was put on hormones I now have the hot flashes. My husband has been wonderful, although I think it scares him too. For some reason this is a time that is bringing us closer together. I am a very lucky woman.

    Comment by suzanne — July 12, 2009 @ 5:41 am | Reply

  8. Suzanne,

    I just read this awesome book called “Where Did My Wife Go?” It’s written from the male perspective. I would recommend it for your husband and if you want to about it from a woman’s humorous perspective, you can get a copy of my book, “Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age.”

    Comment by Beverly Mahone — July 19, 2009 @ 11:57 pm | Reply


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