U.S. New & World Report covered the release of guidelines for detecting and treating perimenopausal depression co-written by Dr. Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology in the UIC College of Medicine and CRWG senior research director. The guidelines are the first to address this issue, and were published this past September in the journals Menopause and the Journal of Women's Health. The guidelines suggest how to tell the difference between perimenopause and depression. "The most important finding, the lowest hanging fruit, is that perimenopause, like puberty and postpartum, is a window of vulnerability," Maki says. "Within that window, it is important to distinguish between two types of mood disorders." Providers need to be most concerned about major depression, which involves symptoms that affect function in a significantly debilitating way, she says. "In addition, since every woman goes through menopause if she lives long enough, it is important to talk about symptoms that don't meet the criterion for major depression but still impact quality of life, well-being, work and interpersonal quality, what we call elevated depressive symptoms." Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2yRPhQw
The new guidance gives women and their doctors a “gold standard” of care during menopause transition.