Menopause and the duration before, causes significant physical changes in the body of a woman. Emotional changes are also a normal part of menopause. Rapid changes in hormone levels during premenopause and menopause may influence neurotransmitters in the brain. The drop in estrogen levels during these periods causes hot flashes and disturbed sleep. This can eventually cause anxiety and mood swings.
Some of the emotional changes suffered by women experiencing premenopause or menopause can include:
- Feelings of sadness
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
Treatment of Emotional Problems During Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy is the best treatment for menopausal symptoms. Usually, hormone replacement therapy contains a combination of supplemental progesterone and estrogen.
Hormone replacement therapy can also be used to treat depression related to menopause. Women in premenopause may be prescribed hormone therapy and psychotherapy. However, in some cases, the doctor may also prescribe an antidepressant if the depression is severe or if the patient has suffered from depression in the past.
Management of Emotional Problems During Menopause
Irritability and sadness are the most common emotional problems related to menopause. Usually, they are managed by making lifestyle changes. Following measures can help you to handle them :
- Exercising regularly and eating healthy
- Practicing yoga, meditation, and other relaxation therapies
- Avoiding alcohol
- Staying connected with your close ones
The Significance of Omega-3 in Relieving the Symptoms Related to Menopause
Omega-3 fatty acids relieve depressive symptoms related to menopause. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition presented the first evidence that EPA supplementation is effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems and improves depressive symptoms. Middle-aged women were grouped into two groups and were randomly administered either daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA+DHA) or placebo (sunflower oil) for eight weeks. At the beginning of the study, all of the participants were classified as having mild to moderate depression and about one-quarter of them had experienced a major depressive episode. Omega-3 fatty acids significantly improved the condition of women suffering symptoms of psychological distress and mild depression at the end of the study. The researchers also noted that the difference in the observed results between the two groups was remarkable especially keeping in view that omega-3 fatty acids have very few side effects and are beneficial to heart health.