The moody blues
“Mood swings are a common symptom of menopause, and many women feel low, anxious, and stressed,” says Dr Andy Zamar, Consultant Psychiatrist and founder of The London Psychiatry Centre (www.psychiatrycentre.co.uk). Most women find their low mood comes and goes but it’s important to pay attention to it. “There’s a difference between the normal mood swings of the menopause and being depressed,” says Dr Zamar. “If you find yourself doubting your confidence, feel guilty or worthless, that life is not worth living or you feel unable to cope, you should speak to your GP. These are not normal menopause symptoms and are an indication that there might be something else wrong.” “For mild to moderate depression regular exercise – a short daily walk – and talking therapy has been shown to be as effective as medication if you stick with it,” says Dr Zamar.
Many people are worried about taking anti-depressants but they can be life changing, so speak to your GP about what is right for you