How to Treat Mid-Life Depression in Women

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Hormonal and lifestyle changes can contribute to depression. Learn about the different techniques you can use to combat these changes with the useful recommendations provided by a professional therapist in this free video on how to treat mid-life depression in women.

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My name is Gordon McInnis. I work here at Carolina Beach Counseling at Carolina Beach, North Carolina, and today we are going to talk about midlife depression in women. Not all women go through depression in midlife. I think that's the biggest thing. It's kind of like when you talk about the elderly. Well, they're old, so they should be depressed. Well no, not necessarily. And not all women go through midlife depression, but a lot of them do. And a lot of it is related to hormonal changes, lifestyle changes. Just a variety of different things that can happen as you get older. I think that you treat that kind of depression like you would treat pretty much any other type of depression. You have therapeutic techniques, which include cognitive behavioral techniques. Talking about what's going on in their lives. Helping them to come up with solutions and thinking differently, and doing things differently in their lives. The one thing that I do really stress, especially with women as they reach midlife, is to get a complete physical. It's important to have your blood work done. It's important to have your hormones checked, that kind of thing. Because, you know, there could be changes with your thyroid. There could be changes with estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, all those different hormones, all those different things. And it's really important to get a complete physical so that we can rule out or rule in any physiological problems that are going on. 'Cause sometimes, it's as simple as working with those issues and the depression can alleviate itself. But, if it's been going on for awhile, it's one of those things that can build on itself. So, we also look at, you know, various medical, medication interventions, such as antidepressants that kind of thing. Going back, again, going back to the basics, taking care of yourself physically. Keeping yourself active. And that's not only physically active, that's important too with exercise. But also, keeping yourself mentally active. You know, all work and no play, that's not a good thing. So, it's important to have a good balance in your life. Be around upbeat people, be around people that, that you enjoy being around. Maybe learning new hobbies, new activities. Making some changes in yourself. You know, different hairstyle, different whatever it might be, you know those things are good. And going out and making these changes and realizing that you are still a vital, great human being, even though you know you may be going through some changes in your life. That was just some advice on some various topics related to anxiety. As always, you should go seek professional help or go see your doctor if these things are continuing to bother you.

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