The moody blues

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“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

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