Studies: Risk for depression increases as menopause approaches

04/4/2006 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

While most women reach menopause without suffering depression, hormone changes in the body make a certain subset of women more vulnerable to experiencing depression for the first time, according to two new studies. Among women with a higher risk for experiencing depression include those with a history of premenstrual syndrome, and one of the studies found that women nearing menopause were nearly twice as likely to develop symptoms of depression as those who did not have changes in their menstrual cycles.

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