Tips and Advice
While depression is a serious condition, it is treatable and here are some tips and advice on just how to defeat depression in postmenopausal women:
It is important that you understand about depression and about the symptoms of menopause and postmenopausal depression. Post menopause starts once a woman officially has not had a period for at least a year and many women in this state experience serious illnesses such as osteoporosis and heart disease (WebMD, 2009). TIP: Research will help you increase your understanding of post menopause conditions.
Take her to the doctor to get a physical exam to determine if she really is depressed and to start a treatment regimen. When visiting the doctor discuss the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to raise estrogen levels. Dr. Kathleen Brady, M. D., director of the Clinical Neuroscience Division at the Medical University of South Carolina, explains that estrogen supports neurotransmission and increases blood flow in the brain, which improves cognition and elevates mood (Nefer, 2010). TIP: It is always better for you to take a list of questions and to gain as much knowledge as possible.
Establish a strong support system for her. Consult with other family members and friends about ways to be consistent with her treatment, if needed, and how to keep her motivated and going. You should also consider looking into support groups for other postmenopausal women who struggled with depression. TIP: The key to supporting your loved one is to be sure you are consistent with helping her.