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Menopause & Mental Health

Ladies let’s be honest it’s hard enough going through adolescence into early adulthood for some women. Our hormones start raging, sometimes confusion, sometimes we have some anxiety that we must deal with, our menstrual cycle can leave us angry and irritable, and worst off is sadness/depression during the menstrual years.

We tend to struggle with relationships, we start bearing children, and then as we start to age, we realize that we are changing once again. First, it’s the dreaded “hot flashes” or “can’t sleep syndrome” and before we know it, we are hitting Menopause.

What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?

Changes to a woman’s hormones an alter your mental and physical wellbeing. Here are some symptoms that many women feel:

  •  Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Hot Flashes
  • Weight Gain
  • Brain Fog
  • Loss of confidence
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Forgetfulness
  • Night sweats
  • Dry, Flaky Skin
  • Thinning Hair or Hair Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Low Sex Drive/Libido and/or Vaginal Dryness

Navigating menopause with mental resilience

So, with that being said, let’s talk about Menopause and mental health! Here we are, ranging from 45-60 years of age, we are done raising kids, and we are not done feeling the effects of womanhood!

First off, we need to make sure we reach out to our PCP/GYN and get a full blood panel test on our hormones! A Hormone Check Blood Test Panel should include: Estrogens, Total, Progesterone, Testosterone, Total, Serum, Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) & Luteinizing Hormone (LH), and Thyroxine (T4), Free, Direct, and Serum.

These panels help determine if you are low, if you are in menopause, and if you are at risk for additional supplements or medication. 

Sometimes, we can eat a healthier balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get more sleep to help with some of the above symptoms of Menopause. However, mental health is the leading issue with adults aged 50 years or older. The state of Arizona reflects “7.24-8.52% of adults, aged 50 years and older experiencing frequent mental distress.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

don't struggle with menopause alone: prioritize mental health & seek support

Mental health is crucial for support and balance during Menopause. This is due to some of the psychological impacts of menopause and the changes taking place. 

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a popular method of talk therapy that aims to reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions, primarily depression and anxiety disorders.

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practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware of your surroundings. Mindfulness can be achieved through dedicated meditation or by mentally checking-in with yourself throughout the day.

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reach out to a mental health professional

Seeing a therapist to help YOU identify some of those emotions, thoughts, concerns, or fears, will help YOU feel better and adjust to this new life transition!

Make sure to reach out to your doctor or therapist about what/how you are feeling! You are not alone in this; Sea Glass Mental Health can help YOU feel better!

Meet The Author

Lee Ann Weiler, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Expressive Arts Therapist (Qualifying) in Arizona

LEE ANN WEILER

MAC, LPC, CCTP, EAT (Q)

Meet The Author

Lee Ann is a Clinical Therapist at Sea Glass Mental Health. She works with teens, adults, and couples. Lee Ann specializes in PTSD, trauma, and women’s issues.

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