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Menopause & depression – GP & menopause expert Dr Rebecca Lewis & Dr Louise Newson

Symptoms of depression commonly occur during the perimenopause/menopause. Here, Dr Newson is joined by Dr Rebecca Lewis and together they discuss why symptoms can occur & ways of managing them with the right treatment. For many menopausal women, these symptoms are incorrectly diagnosed as depression; research shows around 70% of perimenopausal/menopausal women are inappropriately offered/given antidepressants. There is no evidence that antidepressants are beneficial for the low mood associated with changing hormone levels.

Dr Rebecca Lewis’ Thee Take Home Tips about Menopause and Depression:

  1. Low mood is a very common symptom during the menopause – you are not alone!
  2. There is a great treatment available and the right type and dose of oestrogen can really help these symptoms.
  3. HRT is safe and can be so beneficial for our mental health, as well as cardiovascular health and bone health.

Find out more about Dr Rebecca Lewis

Read more about mental health and emotional wellbeing in the perimenopause and menopause

Menopause & depression – GP & menopause expert Dr Rebecca Lewis & Dr Louise Newson

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  1. We’ve moved to a bigger home at balance for Dr Louise Newson to host all her content.

You can browse all our evidence-based and unbiased information in the Menopause Library.