• Premenopausal
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

Perimenopausal Women with Newly Diagnosed Depression

Is menopause making you irritable and depressed? Do you wish to stay away from antidepressant medications and want to try out something more natural? Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), the all-natural alternative, may be the answer for you.

Studies have shown:

  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment provides clinically relevant outcomes as an adjunct therapy in decreasing symptoms of newly diagnosed depression in premenopausal women.

The termination of menstruation and fertility of women is known as menopause, and occurs 12 months after the last menstrual period, during their 40s or 50s. The transitional period from normal menstrual periods to menopause is the perimenopausal period, and can be associated with depression.

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The exact cause of perimenopausal depression is not clear. Possible causes may include hormonal fluctuations, psychosocial stressors, and personality characteristics such as one’s perception of menopause and aging.

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Symptoms of premenopausal depression include irritability, mood swings, tearfulness, extreme anxiety and despair, guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, lack of interest in previously pleasurable activities, poor concentration, decreased libido, and decreased energy.

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Clinical depression is diagnosed based on the frequency and severity of symptoms, a thorough history, and physical exam. Blood and urine tests may be performed during the evaluation to rule out other causes of symptoms.

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Most patients with perimenopausal depression are effectively treated and may include:

  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment
  • Hormone replacement therapy: may be used alone or in combination with drug therapy
  • Psychotherapy: includes cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy helps to alleviate negative thinking, brings awareness of symptoms and triggers, and develops problem-solving skills.
    • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) focuses on improving troubled personal relationships that may be associated with a person’s depression
  • Antidepressants
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Osteopath treatment for Premenopausal Women with Newly Diagnosed Depression

Here are 3 reasons to speak to us

  • You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t
  • You are looking for credible healthcare alternatives – but just don’t know what is out there
  • You tried other Healthcare Professionals in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help

Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next.

Frequently asked questions

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What should I wear to my appointments?

Loose-fitting clothing or gym clothes

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How many visits will I need?

This is variable depending upon what is being treated and how extensive your treatment needs to be.  Our goal is to bring you to optimal health so that you won’t need to continually return.

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What is the difference between licensing and board certification for a physician, and do you have any of these?

Physicians are required to be licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. by the licensing board in each state they wish to practice.

A board certified physician has completed an additional training program in a specialty and has passed a rigorous exam to assess his or her knowledge, skills and experience to provide quality patient care in that specialty.

In my case, I am licensed to practice medicine in Texas, and I have two board certifications. The first one is Family Medicine and the second one is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

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