Depression During Andropause & Menopause

Written by Dr. Sima Aidun, N.M.D.

Dr. Sima Aidun is a nationally recognized expert in personalized genetic medicine and a pioneer of the field in Arizona. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree with High Academic Achievement from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2003 and was the recipient of the Daphne Blayden Award. She is certified in Advanced Protocols and New Findings in Nutrigenomic Analysis and Treatment; New Genetic Findings and Enhanced Nutrigenomic Protocols; Nutrigenomic Testing for Inflammation/Auto-Immune | Neurological/Mood Disorders | Methylation/Mitochondria | Women's Health; and Nutrigenomics for Diet and Wellness, Microsampling and Pharmacogenomics.

Like its more stressed-out cousin anxiety, depression is a common symptom of menopause and andropause. Though depression can drain you of energy and leave you feeling hopeless and helpless, there are many things you can do to start feeling better.

It’s important to remember that no matter how bad depression gets, you still have some control over your mental state. The things that help most are often the hardest to do when you’re depressed, but taking positive steps every day can make a big difference in the way you feel, even if the change is gradual.

To cope with this common symptom of menopause and andropause in Scottsdale, take these tips to heart:

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Cutting yourself off from the outside world will only make your depression worse. It’s difficult to reach out to others when you’re feeling depressed, but we all need support to deal with the challenges in our lives, especially when depression makes every day more difficult. Regardless of the negative thoughts that depression puts in your head, your friends and family members still care about you and will likely do everything they can to help.

Instead of neglecting relationships and social activities, do your best to embrace them. Even if you don’t feel like talking to anyone right now, being around other people can quickly help you feel happier and more energized. Ask your closest friends for their support and spend time with people who never fail to make you smile. You can also join a depression support group to help yourself feel less alone in your struggle.

Take Care of Your Body and Mind

The apathy brought on by depression can make you neglect your health and lifestyle, which will make it even harder to foster a positive state of mind. Make sure you’re taking good care of yourself by:

  • Sleeping better. Depression can keep you up all night, or it can keep you in bed well past noon. Either way, your mood will benefit from improving your sleep habits. Setting a specific sleep schedule, making your bedroom comfortable and developing a nightly ritual can help you get the seven to nine hours you need every night.
  • Getting outside. Spending some time in the sunshine and fresh air can be a big help in perking up. Go for a walk, get some outdoor exercise, do some gardening or visit a nearby park for a sunny picnic.
  • Do the things you love. Don’t let depression force you to abandon your hobbies and interests. Even if you don’t feel like doing anything at all, you may be surprised by how much better you feel if you choose to engage in your favorite activities. Jump into a creative pastime like music or art, play your favorite game or visit somewhere you’ve always loved to go.

Depression is a common and troubling symptom of menopause, but you don’t have to struggle with it alone. If your depression is the result of a hormone imbalance, anti-aging therapy in Scottsdale may help, as can strategies like those above. Remember: if your depression becomes too hard to handle, speak with Dr. Aidun for advice.

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