Perimenopause refers to the transition period that occurs a few years before menopause, when your monthly menstruation stops. It usually occurs in a woman’s late 40s and early 50s.
Hormonal changes during perimenopause can affect your mood and cause a variety of physical symptoms. Concerns about aging can also develop or become worse during perimenopause. As a result of these symptoms and changes, some women develop feelings of depression and anxiety that are severe and don’t go away.
Perimenopause-related mental health issues that may require treatment include:
Marital or relationship stress
Perceived cognitive decline
What are the symptoms of perimenopause-related mental health concerns?
If you are experiencing perimenopause, you should get help if you have symptoms of depression or anxiety that last for more than a few days. Symptoms may include:
Who is at risk for perimenopause-related mental health concerns?
Any woman who is experiencing perimenopause can develop related emotional, behavioral, and cognitive issues. However, if you have a personal or family history of mental health conditions, you may be at a higher risk of developing a mental health problem related to perimenopause.
You may also be at a higher risk for mental health problems related to perimenopause if you have:
Concerns about menopause or aging
High levels of stress
Lack of support from other people in your life
TAL CMHC offers beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists reinforce positive emotions, placing emphasis on positive behaviors and the connection these behaviors have with feelings.