Which clinical history findings are characteristic of perimenopausal depression?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Symptoms of perimenopause include the following:

Essential criteria for major depression include depressed mood, decreased interest or pleasure in activities, or both. Additional criteria include the following:

  • Increased or decreased appetite

  • Weight change

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Decreased concentration

  • Indecisiveness

  • Homicidal thoughts and plans

Overlapping symptoms of depression and perimenopause include the following:

  • Low energy

  • Impaired concentration

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Weight changes

  • Libido changes

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