Menopause does not only bring physical changes, but it also has a life-altering impact on mental health. When we near our mensuration date, we start feeling various changes in our body and mind. We tend to get sad, lethargic, frequent crying spells, irritability, and even sugar craving that we might regret later!
One of the reasons for facing such changes is during our period is the fluctuation of dopamine, also known as the happy hormone. In our life, we go through many changes mentally, and one of that happens when puberty hits, and we start menstruating. The other time is when a woman goes through menopause, which alters mental health.
When a woman is going through menopause it leads to various mood changes. There are several studies which have showed that with hormonal fluctuations there is an alteration in brain chemicals as well that affects the mood. The chances of depression doubles, anxiety increases. Several other mood changes are an increase in irritability, lack of motivation, anger issues, stress, and several other cognitive issues. Further, there could be a relapse of certain mental issues.
For women who live with bipolar disorder, menopause is considered to be more challenging as they are highly sensitive to hormonal shifts.
There are several steps if followed can help women with their mental health issues.