Friday, January 14, 2011

Survey shows mental-health problems in menopausal women

Compared to men women go through a number of hormonal changes throughout their life which can also affect their mental health. Menopause is associated with depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety and irritability and researchers from Selcuk University in Turkey studied mood and anxiety disorders in a sample of 269 post-menopausal women attending a gynaecology outpatient clinic. They found that 34.2% of them had at least one mood or anxiety disorder, the most common of which was generalised anxiety disorder which was suffered by 15.6% of the women. The less well-off the women were the more likely they were to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders.

Sahingoz, Mine,  Uguz, Faruk and Gezginc, Karim - Prevalence and Related Factors of Mood and Anxiety

Disorders in a Clinical Sample of Postmenopausal Women Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00296.x

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