Depression and Menopause
Let’s begin our discussion of depression and menopause by acknowledging that the target market for antidepressants is women. The antidepressant industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Is it any wonder why doctors prescribe them so liberally rather than discuss diet, supplements, exercise, hormone balancing, etc.?
Doctors who practice allopathic, or mainstream medicine are not schooled in nutrition. The definition of allopathic medicine is “mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions”. Not a vegetable in sight… If these doctors are required to take one or two courses on the subject of food and nutrition while getting a typical medical degree, that’s about it. It’s no wonder they don’t ask you what you’re eating; they have no reference point for what food keeps you well unless they’ve gone outside of the usual protocol and studied nutrition on their own.
I remember asking my doctor at the time if my depression would be better once I went through menopause. My reasoning was that I wouldn’t be going through the monthly ups and downs in hormones, so I was hopeful. He didn’t skip a beat. He told me, “Oh No! It will get worse!”
He was wrong.
I studied nutrition, changed how I eat and cured my depression. Cured it to the point that I’m letting everyone know I suffered for decades from it that they may join me, change how they eat and live a healthier, happier life too! It is possible. I am the proof!
The reasoning behind a prescription for antidepressants for a perimenopausal woman sounds good. During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone levels rise and fall, and so too does the serotonin level. Serotonin is the main chemical in the brain that regulates mood. When the estrogen level rises, so does the serotonin level; when it falls, so does the serotonin level. When serotonin levels are low, we tend to be anxious and depressed and crave things we shouldn’t eat…like sugar and carbohydrates.
It’s important to understand that depression cannot be cured during perimenopause, after a woman has reached menopause or at any time simply by taking antidepressants. All they do (or are supposed to do; the success rate is less than 15%) is artificially raise the serotonin level.
A much better option is to change your diet and learn how to regulate your hormones. To that end, I want to suggest a book that is very good It’s called The Hormone Reset Diet. Check it out for yourself and see if you can take a more natural, more permanent path to alleviating depression.
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC