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Facebook Live: The Menopause Transition and Depression


June 23, 2022




Depression is common among women, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors that are unique to women. Certain types of depression can occur at different stages of a woman’s life, including perimenopause—the transition into menopause.

Women going through perimenopause may experience abnormal menstrual periods, problems sleeping, mood swings, and hot flashes. Although these symptoms are common, depression symptoms are not. Women struggling with persistent irritability, anxiety, sadness, or loss of enjoyment at the time of the menopause transition might be experiencing perimenopausal depression. During this Facebook Live event, experts from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) discussed the signs, symptoms, treatments, and latest research on the menopause transition and depression.


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The Division of Intramural Research Programs, Section on Behavioral Endocrinology