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Depression in Women

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How can I cope with symptoms of menopause?

There are many ways you can ease menopause symptoms and maintain your health. These tips include ways to cope with mood swings, fears, and depression:

  • Eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
  • Engage in a creative outlet or hobby that fosters a sense of achievement.
  • Find a self-calming skill to practice -- such as yoga, meditation, or slow, deep breathing.
  • Keep your bedroom cool to prevent night sweats and disturbed sleep.
  • Seek emotional support from friends, family members, or a professional counselor when needed.
  • Stay connected with your family and community and nurture your friendships.
  • Take medicines, vitamins, and minerals as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Take steps such as wearing loose clothing to stay cool during hot flashes.

 

How is depression in women treated?

There are a variety of methods used to treat depression, including medications such as antidepressants, brain stimulation techniques like ECT, and psychotherapy. 

Family therapy may be helpful if family stress adds to your depression. Your mental health care provider will determine the best course of treatment for you. If you are uncertain whom to call for help with depression, check out the following list from the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Family doctors
  • Family service/social agencies
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics
  • Local medical and/or psychiatric societies
  • Mental health specialists such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors
  • Private clinics and facilities
  • State hospital outpatient clinics
  • University or medical school affiliated programs
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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 04, 2013
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