What can a woman do to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety during perimenopause or menopause?

Dr. Amin discusses what women can do to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety during perimenopause or menopause. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

If you are in the midst of perimenopause or menopause and are feeling the effects of depression and anxiety, the first step is to have an honest talk with your doctor or advanced practice provider, according to the Office of Women’s Health (OWH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Once your healthcare provider knows how you are feeling, he or she can work with you to find the best treatment option.

The OWH states treatments include:

  • Anti-anxiety medication or antidepressants – an option for women who are not able to use menopausal hormone therapy (also known as MHT)
  • Menopausal hormone therapy – taking these hormones can help women to control the symptoms of menopause; if this is the option a woman chooses, it is recommended she use the lowest helpful dose for the shortest needed time
  • Talk therapy – conversational group or one-on-one therapy sessions

To learn more about treating symptoms of depression and anxiety caused by perimenopause or menopause, talk with your doctor.

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