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Menopausal Depression

Menopausal Mood Changes

Menopausal women often experience mood, cognitive and behavioral changes including:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Whole body: fatigue, night sweats, osteoporosis, hot flashes, or sweating.
  • Sleep: early awakening or insomnia.
  • Menstrual: absence of menstruation or irregular menstruation.
  • Hair: dryness or loss of scalp hair.
  • Other: anxiety, dry skin, irritability, moodiness, reduced sex drive, or vaginal dryness.

Women with a history of mood changes associated with menses, pregnancy or the postpartum period are at risk of developing more severe mood changes after menopause.

The purpose of this study is to:

  • determine the effects of sleep and light therapy on mood and sleep.
  • in both healthy menopausal women and those experiencing mood changes.

​It is thought that, as a woman's reproductive hormones and mela­tonin decrease with age, she may experience sleep, mood and behavioral disturbances brought about by changes in her circadian rhythms.

Women who are:
  • between the ages of 50 and 75.
  • no longer have regular menstrual cycles.
  • do not smoke.
  • do not use hormonal therapy.
  • not on certain medications.
    ​May be eligible to participate.
*** Compensation up to $650 ***
​Diagnostic evaluation and intervention will be provided

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