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As women approach midlife and menopause one of the things to be on the lookout for is depression. While menopause is not thought to be a cause of depression the two can occur at the same time. Sometimes changes in estrogen levels, which occur during menopause, can contribute to the onset of depression. And, according to studies, women are affected by depression over twice as much as men. Also, a family history of depression can factor into this as well.

The symptoms of depression and menopause are very similar and can include sleep disorders, hot flashes,fatigue, anxiety, and irritability. Many women associate these symptoms with menopause, or “The Change of Life” as my mother called it. But they may also be a sign of depression that needs to be understood and dealt with. There is no reason women need to suffer from depression during menopause. It is important to accept the physical changes happening in your body during this time and work with your alternative treatment practitioners and/or medical staff to mitigate the symptoms of menopause, but it is also important that you realize that depression and menopause can be mutually exclusive and both can be dealt with successfully.

As women approach menopause their menstrual cycles begin to change and start to become unpredictable. This unpredictability of their monthly cycle is a sign of erratic ovulation. Erratic ovulation causes unpredictable releases of the hormones estrogen and progesterone which can lead to mood swings, forgetfulness, hot flashes and all the other symptoms associated with menopause.

Sometimes women going through menopause feel that they are loosing control of their bodies when in fact it is just their natural reaction to the aging process. This feeling of loss of control can lead to symptoms of depression. As the symptoms of both menopause and depression worsen they can start to feel that there is nothing they can do and a feeling of hopelessness falls over them. This feeling of hopelessness is a major part of depression and left untreated can lead to severe depression.

Untreated depression is a major health risk. Researchers have found that depression is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and in some cases it can lead to bone deterioration increasing the likely hood of osteoporosis and broken bones.

The treatment for depression and menopause can follow a multi-pronged approach. Symptoms of depression and menopause respond very well to hypnosis/hypnotherapy, energy psychology and other alternative treatment modalities. Traditional therapy can also help, and if necessary, depression can be treated with antidepressant medications.

In hypnosis we communicate with, give suggestions to, and retrain the subconscious mind, which is responsible for regulating body functions, including hormones. Because of this,the symptoms of menopause, such as irritability, hot flashes and weight gain can be alleviated quite successfully with hypnotherapy. Other more traditional alternatives are hormone replacement therapy where synthetic forms of estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone can be used with caution, under a doctor’s supervision.

If you are a woman approaching midlife and menopause be aware that depression can be a very real side affect of the changes that will happen to you. If you start to see the symptoms of depression it is best to talk to your medical personnel and alternative treatment practitioners about what treatment options may work best for you.


About Integrity Coaching & Training Systems:

Patricia Eslava Vessey PCC, CHt is the owner of Integrity Coaching & Training Systems, a personal development company dedicated to empowering people to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Patricia is passionately committed to supporting her clients and students in transforming, negative and destructive beliefs and behaviors into empowered thoughts, feelings and behaviors so they can achieve their goals and live their best life.

Patricia has successfully helped thousands achieve and maintain their fitness goals and manage their weight as a personal fitness trainer, group exercise instructor and health coach, since 1980.  Using hypnosis, NLP, and other energy psychology techniques has added even more ease, enjoyment and success to her client results.

Her clients are groups and individuals. She works with all ages, including children whose lives are challenged by stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, lack of confidence, lack of focus and follow through, insomnia, addictions, excess weight, lack of motivation, self sabotage, menopause symptoms, chronic pain, relationship problems and others.

Using coaching, hypnotherapy, NLP and energy psychology in workshops and in hypnosis recordings and written material, she teaches people to empower themselves by harnessing the power of their mind. Her students and clients learn new skills as the reprogram their minds for success.

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