Depression and Middle Age

“If you are living in the United States you are six times more likely to be depressed, than if you were living in China” – according to a Huffington Post article.  And if you are a middle aged woman, your odds of escaping depression are minimized as well – according to Today Health on MSNBC.  From that same piece “women aged 40-69 are more at risk of killing themselves than other women, according to new research on age-specific suicide rates between 1998 and 2007. In 2007, this age group made up 60 percent of the 7,328 suicides reported among women.  There are a few theories as to why, however, attention must be paid to the fact that women in this age group experience more pain and insomnia than in other age groups. 

Interestingly, pain and insomnia are commonly associated with perimenopausal and menopausal hormonal changes.  And this is the time in a woman’s life when perimenopause and menopause take hold.

The sad fact remains, that most women are not well-managed through these changes and even worse, they fear the management so much, that they don’t seek treatment.  After the National Institute of Health halted two major studies – one on Premarin and one on PremPro several years ago, due to the unacceptable health risks associated with the synthetic hormone drugs, women leaped off of their hormone replacement therapy and into a sea of misery.  Without knowledge of their healthier alternatives, they simply went back on those drugs in the following year or so citing (as was the title of a Redbook article back in the day) “I would rather die of breast cancer than live like this.”

Of course, the real health crisis is that women do not know about or do not have access to healthier alternatives.  And yes, they do exist.  And yes there is research to back up the statement “the alternatives are healthier.”

There is so much more than “nothing” we can do at this stage in our lives… not only to survive, but to thrive!  There are simple, natural ways to provide the body with the building blocks it needs to balance brain chemistry.  These simple ways do not come with the unwanted side effects (weight gain and low sexual drive) that conventional anti-depressant drugs are saddled with.  There are healthier hormones in healthier ratios and there are really healthy, risk-reducing, ways to break those hormones down in the liver in order to provide a woman with not only a happier experience than doing synthetic therapy, but a healthier experience than doing nothing at all.  That is called having your middle aged-cake and eating it too!

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