Past Trauma, Women Can Depression Ahead of Menopause – Trauma is a difficult phase and period are very emotional and distressing. As a result, people who have experienced trauma often distant and aloof.
Moreover, if the trauma experienced when I was the age of the child or adolescent will be more difficult to deal with and overcome.
In fact, a new study suggests that the traumatic events experienced by women in childhood or adolescence may increase the risk of depression in the years leading up to menopause. This is known as perimenopause.
Past Trauma, Women Can Depression Ahead of Menopause
These findings revealed that women who suffered two or more traumatic childhood experiences such as emotional abuse, parental divorce had 2.3 times more likely to experience major depressive disorder during perimenopause.
Hormonal changes that occur during menopause is thought to unmask the risk of depression previously undetected in women experiencing adverse childhood experiences, especially when the event occurs after puberty.
“The results showed that women who had at least two adverse events (trauma) during the formative years of them – whether it’s abuse, neglect, or some kind of family dysfunction, more than twice as likely to experience depression during perimenopause and menopause,” said study leader , C. Neill Epperson, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, as reported by Zeenews.
“This shows that not only is the stress in early life has a significant effect and long lasting in the development and function in brain areas responsible for emotion, mood, and memory of the time when it happened perhaps equally important,” wrote Epperson in papers published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
“Clearly there is a strong relationship between the child and the risk of depression difficulty, throughout a woman’s life, especially during the menopausal transition,” says Ellen W. Freeman, Professor in the same campus.
Although depression is common during the menopausal transition, knowing early depression risk during periods of hormonal fluctuations can pave the way for better treatment.