Have you felt this way lately? Especially since you’ve begun going through perimenopause? This is an excerpt from a post I did over a year ago after I had just come out of one of those hormonally induced depressive funks. I thought I might resurrect it today and talk about perimenopause depression. It’s a big one. In fact, on both polls here at The Magnolia Diaries and The Perimenopause blog, mood swings have been high on the list of troublesome perimenopause symptoms.
When we think of mood swings most of us usually think of the rage componant. And perhaps the term mood swing is actually thought of more as swinging from a balanced hormonal state where one’s moods are consistent to the less balanced state where they are, umm, shall we say gently, not.
But depression a very real and substantial part of that cycle for so many of us. Especially if you are predisposed to depression anyway (like me). It can be like a pit of quicksand trying to get out of it - even if you know what’s causing it (like I do every time it hits).
There is no need to go into any medical detail to explain what causes it, because frankly, we all KNOW what causes it. It’s a hormonal imbalance. Period. So, really, the question becomes: What the heck can we do about it?
No one enjoys not being able to get out of bed without some centrifugal force sucking you out of it. No one enjoys hardly being able to pick your feet up to walk across the room because they feel like they have cinder blocks on them and no one and I mean, no one enjoys having a dark, gloomy cloud color every aspect of their life, crushing down on their chest, making every breath a laborious effort.
Though, if you are, you likely wouldn’t be here anyway, so I guess that’s a moot point.
So back to my original question – what can we do about it?
Well, according to a few medical studies I’ve read, hormonally induced depression is really no different than your garden variety depression (which excludes serious clinical depression – so please make that distinction) and that the same suggestions to help with non-hormonally induced depression should and often do help with hormonally induced depression. Such as:
I know when you are in the middle of it, it seems that you will be forever sucked into that deep, dark, sad hole. But, it’s not true.
My days of crippling depression and violent mood swings are all but passed. Had you told me 5 years ago, 6 years ago, 7 years ago, that they would, I would have had a terrible time believing you. It seemed so – permanent. But it wasn’t and now I am only burdened with the occasional “bitchy-day” and a mild case of the blues that I am able to shake off with very little effort. So it does end.
You will find your way back to the land of the living. In the meantime, do whatever it takes to get yourself through this time. Above all else, be kind to yourself. Really. Be kind. If you beat yourself up for something you have absolutely no control over, well, it can just turn into a neurotic cycle. And with all of the other crap going on in your body right now, who needs it? Besides, at the end of this journey is the ultimate prize – MENOPAUSE!!! Then we can all go hang out with Eileen at Feisty Side of Fifty and enjoy the perks of middle-age and beyond. Oh, happy day.
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