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Old 01-09-15, 05:07 PM   #1
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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)?
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Hey there, sorry to hear that you are going through this :( While I haven't experienced menopause yet, I remember when my mum did and she had a tough time.... she was always getting really severe mood swings and hot flushes and the like. Maybe you could find a menopause forum somewhere to talk to more women about their experiences and how they have managed them? Hope you're ok xx
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Hey, rememberthegirl. Yep, I'm okay. Thanks for you care and concern.

I haven't posted for a while - just been too tired and preserving my energy for the absolute necessities - like work and eating and housecleaning.

I did some research and found out more info about this. It's just one more thing to be oh-so overjoyed about getting older!
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Is it possible your adrenal glands are not working well and there might be a need to balance your hormones that way? I read an article recently that made me think women still can do a lot to combat the misery of menopause. Here it is in case that helps:

(there's really a lot to choose from for your reading in this site, so the list of adrenal articles is first, then the one I got into about DHEA)

https://www.womentowomen.com/health-library/

https://www.womentowomen.com/adrenal...nal-imbalance/
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RavenDarkLight~I can relate & understand where you're coming from. I went through this already & it was the most difficult of things to get through. However, you can make it through this. First of all, you have to eat a lot healthier, get more rest, exercise more, & keep yourself active. I will say this much, just because it might help you. When I went through mine, the doctor even told me I wasn't, needless to say, she was WAY off! So, I decided to change things, for myself. It helps, taking B~12, but it's adviseable to discuss this over with your doctor. I have Fibromyalgia myself, so I also take 50,000 IU's of Vit. D per week. That alone, makes a HUGE difference within my mood(s) & my own energy levels. My suggestion, have your doctor run some blood tests & check your levels. You may/might find, that a supplement WILL help you out.
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