Epidemiological studies do not demonstrate any increase in major psychiatric morbidity in women of menopausal age. However, mild to moderate depression or anxiety may develop at this time of life; perhaps secondary to hormone changes, perhaps reactive to physical symptoms, or perhaps reflecting life changes such as children leaving home, death of parents, and awareness of ageing.
Again, a variety of treatments has been used (http://www.clinicalevidence. com/ceweb/conditions/woh/0804/0804.jsp), especially hormone replacement therapy (HRT): progesterone alone is 'beneficial', but oestrogen alone or in combination with progesterone causes 'improved menopausal symptoms but increased risk of breast cancer, endometrial cancer, stroke, and venous throm-boembolism after long term use', and there is a 'trade-off between benefits and harms'. Antidepressants are of 'unknown effectiveness'.
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