Jade Xiang Chen
Menopause & Depression, Why Is It So Common?
Many women don’t fully understand what menopause is. As we go through menopause, our ovaries are "retiring" while our hormone starts to decrease. Then, we recognize symptoms that are causing our bodies to feel uncomfortable such as hot flashes, unstable blood pressure, osteoporosis, insomnia, night sweats and many more. All of these symptoms above start to make us feel anxious; as a result, we became emotional and frustrated. If we weren’t able to understand that we were going through. Then, we could become depressed.
Usually, women who are having menopause are in their 50s which is usually the peak time of their careers. They are busy with work and have to take care of their family at the same time. Yet, uncomfortable menopause feelings or symptoms will influence their performance at work as a result putting more stress on them. Much of stress come from the their family and major life events, such as divorce, the lost of an important family member, loneliness and etc. If a women’s life is like a journey of a plane flight, menopause is where the plane is landing, which is slowing down and accompanied by instability. With work, family, and stress, it often leads to depression.