Preparing For Perimenopause: You Don't Have To Do It Alone

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Today I'm joined by NPR health correspondent and reproductive fairy godmother Chatterjee for some real talk about peri menopause. We're GONNA talk about how the physical symptoms can come with a host of emotional and mental health symptoms to which some people don't realize right exactly But before I say more I just WanNa say that I. Think. I. Love My new title Reproductive Fairy Godmother but anyway getting back to business yes. So sure would go yeah. The physical symptoms can come with a host of emotional mental health symptoms absolutely. So take for example, woman I spoke with Terry, hines now about a decade ago when Terry was in her mid forties how period started to change it increased in frequency it increased in intensity and increased endurance. Now she had some of the classic symptoms of paramount applause laycock flashes, chills started gaining weight which many women do during this time but the would notable changes to her mental health to they just did not have the energy to do the things that I wanted to do was such a fog over who I was what I wanted whereas going. What I was capable of accomplishing I just could not find my footing at the time. Terry. Lived alone in Philadelphia where she worked as an assistant principal at a school. And she really struggled to get out of bed and good work and do the things that she loved to do like taking her dogs for morning walk and she began to withdraw from her friends as well. Yeah. To speaking from experience these all sound like symptoms of depression. You know self-isolation foggy nece low energy exactly, and you know the thing is that Terry actually struggled with depression before and had sought treatment for it and she knew her symptoms she knew what triggers and that that was usually a big change in her personal professional life. But this time though she says, she was just so focused on all the physical changes going on in her body because of premenopausal that her emotional struggles at first, they didn't even register in a mind. Oh so on top of Peri, Menopause Terry was managing depression to exactly and that's not uncommon. Among individuals who have had previous diagnoses or of clinical depression anxiety and this data suggesting that in the leader stages of paramount applause as many as thirty percent of women experience depressive symptoms. I want to put this on the evening news like all persons who experienced presents should be made aware of this. So they're prepared. I mean that's a huge number. So do you have a sense of biologically why they're such a spike? Right. So it's a stage of life when your hormone levels are changing, it's all changing your periods of changing your hormonal Goals are all sort of you know going awry and that can trigger intense changes in mood and psychiatrists that I talk to for the story said that if you're experiencing depression or anxiety during paramount a pause. It's not the changes in your hormonal cycles are unusual. Lawrence say dramatically different from somebody else's but it's more likely that you bring is more sensitive to these changes. So if you've experienced depression before you're more sensitive experiencing it when going through peri menopause exactly now, the other reason is that paramedic plus isn't just a biological change, right? It's also a huge life transition. Because they're all these changes in your body Sharon, it's a big part of aging which coming to terms with your metabolism might be slowing down. You might be mostly processing these things as well, and any big life transitions can affect people's emotional wellbeing

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