• Women's Health

    Menopause: Mood Swings and Depression

      Women approaching or in menopause are subject to mood swings and increased irritability. Typically, this occurs as a result of radical hormone fluctuations. Some menopausal women also suffer from depression, the reasons for this are not completely clear but it is believed that the lack of estrogen affects the amount of brain neurotransmitters responsible for prevention of depression. When the neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine are decreased, the risk for depression increases. Women in menopause may need to take prescription anti-depressants in order to control depressive symptoms. These include many of the SSRI anti-depressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which increase the levels of serotonin in the brain and decrease…