Tips for Handling Mood Swings During Menopause
If you have had a mood disorder in _____________, don't assume mood swings during menopause are hormonal.
Hi, I am Dr. Amy Rosenman, a urogynecologist and menopause expert with Rosenmanmd.com, and today I am here on behalf of About.com to share tips with you for handling mood swings during menopause.Menopause is not the cause of mood swings, but those prone to them may find they are worse during this transitional time. In the dark ages (really) there was a diagnosis known as menopausal melancholia. We now know this is not true. Menopause does not cause us to have a personality change or depression. However, there are symptoms of menopause that can make them worse. If this sounds familiar, there are things that you can do to help.1. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Hormone chaos can interfere with sleep. A well-rested woman is far less stressed and moody.2. Consider estrogen therapy if your symptoms are more than mildly annoying. There is no reason to suffer when we know how to safely treat these symptoms and essentially get rid of them. Speak with your health care provider.3. If you have had a mood disorder in the past, don't assume this is hormonal. Get the underlying disorder treated by an expert in psychiatry. Your quality of life is worth it. There is a lot of unnecessary stigma around getting appropriate help in this area. Don't waste precious time, get the help you need.4. Understand that menopause arrives at a time when there are many other stressors occurring. Our children are in the process of becoming independent (or not enough). Our parents are becoming dependent and our spouses are going through their own health and personal crises. Aging brings great stress and great wisdom. The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude. Resistance to aging is futile, but healthy aging is its own reward. See if a change in attitude can allow this to be a time of growth and development, a second career, perhaps, or a growth spurt in an existing one. Thanks for watching and for more information, visit us online at About.com.