What are the signs of depression in middle-aged women?

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Signs of depression in middle-aged women include the following:
  • persistent sad, anxious or "empty" moods
  • feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • decreased energy, fatigue or being "slowed down"
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
  • appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • restlessness or irritability
  • persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain
If you've experienced one or more of these signs for a week or longer, talk to your healthcare professional. While menopause doesn't increase your risk of depression, perimenopausal women are more vulnerable to depression during this time. That risk is higher in women who have previously been treated for depression, are having hot flashes, have had a long perimenopausal phase and have a lot of stress in their lives.

If you think you might be suffering from depression, it's important that you seek help. Today, there are excellent treatments for mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. You may benefit from therapy, medication or both.

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t or worthlessness and a preoccupation with death/suicide. Depression symptoms also differ in men and women; the onset may follow highly stressful events such as physical and emotional trauma. Men tend to be more irritable and act out while women often cry or sleep more.
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