Menopause causes many psychological changes in women. Anxiety, irritability and depression are some of the common psychological changes occurring in women, in menopause. Know the main cause of depression in women in menopause.
What are the psychological
changes associated with menopause
Anxiety, irritability and depression commonly arise during the climacteric (around menopause time) and are usually
the group of symptoms which are worse in the pre-menopause period i.e.
a few years before periods cease.
Why does depression
Falling estrogen levels may reduce
dopamine receptor sensitivity or reduce available tryptophan for serotonin
synthesis, leading to reduced activity of central nervous system transmitters
and consequent depression. Other causes of depression may also occur at
the time of menopause. These include loss of reproductive potential, a
perceived loss of femininity, marital disenchantment, the 'empty nest'
syndrome and career disappointments.
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