For pity's sakes. I'm in the middle of menopause and the depression has reared its ugly head again.
It makes me wonder why women get the majority of hormonal problems (loss of libido, fatigue, depressed moods) associated with menstrual cycles! Not funny!
I've been off anti-depressant meds for about 15 years now. Then in this past year, menopause started kicking in and I'm finding I am having really irrational thoughts and deep dark moods and extreme sadness more often again. I really don't want to go back to medication - but if this temporary insanity (that's how it feels to me) continues, I just might have to. It's causing problems with my job and with my relationships, both with my husband and my friends. It's basically making me whacky!
Yesterday, I was so dark and low, I began thinking about suicide methods. That scared me. I had never wanted to feel that low and dark ever again!
And, just to add more fun to my life these days, the chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia has relapsed. So I'm also dealing with chronic pain, extreme fatigue, and cognitive impairments. I forget so much and have so much trouble trying to concentrate and focus, its downright embarrassing.
Are there other women who are finding that depression or other mood disorders are arising because they are in their menopause stage? What are you doing to get through it without killing anyone (including yourself)?