Changes to hormones, such as during menopause, can also have an effect on your emotional and mental health.
It's possible, too, to feel down without there being an obvious reason. Most people experience ups and downs in their life, and can feel unhappy, stressed or anxious during difﬁcult times. This is a normal part of life.
Anxiety, feeling low, sadness, difﬁculty concentrating, overreacting to minor upsets, anger and irritability, forgetfulness and mood swings are all typical psychological problems related to the menopause.
Many difﬁcult events and experiences can leave us in low spirits or cause depression such as a death, relationship problems, sleep problems, stress at work, bullying, illness, and pain - to name a few.
A low mood will tend to improve after a short time. Making some small changes in your life, such as resolving a difﬁcult situation or talking about your problems and getting more sleep, can improve your mood. A low mood that doesn't go away can be a sign of depression.
If your negative feelings don't go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, get help! Talk to your healthcare professional about your concerns and feelings — there is support out there for you. You aren't alone!
If you've had depression or anxiety in the past, even if they weren't formally diagnosed, get help immediately. You're more likely to have an episode of depression if you've had one before.
Low mood is a common symptom of the menopause - it is different from depression. If you are feeling low as a result of the menopause, you may be offered HRT. Another possible treatment is cognitive behavioural therapy, and you may be offered this is if you have low mood or anxiety as a result of the menopause.