When to see your doctor about mood swings
If your mood swings are getting you down and affecting the quality of daily life, it may time for a chat with your doctor. Prescription medications including beta blockers and anti-depressants may be available to get you through this period.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be useful for low moods triggered by menopause. The NICE position on CBT is that it ‘is an effective non-hormonal intervention for managing vasomotor symptoms’ (night sweats and hot-flushes) which may be a contributory factor in your mood swings. CBT aims to replace negative thought with positive ones, and includes counselling and advice on sleep and relaxation. A study published by the North American Menopause Society in 2013 found that self-help CBT ‘was as effective as 8 hours of group CBT’.
And there’s always HRT…
Debilitating mood swings are no joke. If your mood swings are caused by hormonal imbalance, HRT may help. You need to talk to your doctor about your options. As always the Hot Flush caveat, there are pros and cons to taking HRT. See our vlog - What Is HRT? We don’t take a view. It’s for you to decide whether it’s for you, or not.