May 16, 2018
For When You’ve Got the Blues
Feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster? You’re not alone.
Up to 30% of menopausal women experience increased depression, irritability, and anxiety. These symptoms can begin as early as the late 20s and early 30s, and may also include feeling tearful or low, a change in appetite, and losing interest in activities you previously enjoyed.
Menopausal mood swings are the result of fluctuating levels of estrogen, which plays a role in the production of serotonin, our mood-regulating chemical, and neurotransmitter. Low levels of estrogen can cause us to feel moody, anxious, and depressed. However, there is an increasing number of ways to improve mood.
6 Tips to Improve Your Mood
- See a therapist
- Exercise regularly to boost serotonin levels
- Get adequate sleep (8-9 hours of a night)
- Reduce stress through yoga and meditation
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet
- Have your hormones balanced by the B3 Specialist, Dr. Mia
Many women are able to avoid taking anti-depressants and anxiety medications by replacing hormones. Depending on your particular case, you may benefit from combining hormone replacement therapy and anti-depressants or mood stabilizers to improve your quality of life.
Low energy and mood, having little to no interest in activities, a change in appetite, and disturbed sleeping are symptoms common to both menopause and depression.
Know the difference by visiting your doctor, so that you can begin taking steps to living well, aging beautifully.
Get off the emotional rollercoaster
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mia today to discuss your options.