As menopause approaches, fluctuating estrogen increases sensitivity to stress, depression

If you’re feeling a little blue during the transition to menopause, there’s good reason. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that the estradiol fluctuation that is common during the menopausal transition may enhance emotional sensitivity to psychosocial stress. When combined with a very stressful life event, this sensitivity is likely to contribute to the development of a depressed mood. —> Read More