What are risk factors for depression during menopause?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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An Australian study of women transitioning to menopause revealed more depression in women with the following states: [35]

  • Negative mood before menopause

  • Negative attitude toward menopause and aging

  • Smoking

  • Little or no exercise

  • No partner

  • A number of bothersome symptoms

  • Poor self-perceived health

  • Negative feelings toward partner

  • A number of perceived problems

  • Interpersonal stress

Other stressors that tend to correspond with perimenopause and that are postulated to relate to depression include the following:

  • Onset of illness in self or others

  • Care of aging parents

  • Changes in employment

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