Mass General Hospital

Harvard Medical School

In Brief:  Traumatic Events in Childhood and Adolescence Increase Risk for Perimenopausal Depression

 

Previous studies have indicated that depression during the perimenopausal transition is associated with various risk factors, including previous history of depression, poor physical health, and more severe perimenopausal symptoms.  A recent study (reviewed here) indicates that women who experienced multiple traumatic events during childhood or adolescence are more likely to experience depression during the transition into menopause. In particular, women who experienced their first traumatic event in their teens are especially vulnerable to depression during the perimenopause, even if they had never experienced depression.

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

 

Read More:

Trauma and stress in teen years increases risk of depression during menopause, Penn study shows  (Eurekalert)

How Trauma In One’s Teens Can Affect Mental Health In Mid-Life (Forbes)

 

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