When Menopause Makes You Moody

Season 2, Episode 78,   May 25, 12:30 AM

This episode was prompted by the following question:

“Will hormone therapy help with emotional lability, dysthymia, and crying jags? “

  In this episode, I discuss: 
  • How common it is to have depressive symptoms during perimenopause
  • The difference between depressive symptoms and depression
  • The difference between cognitive symptoms and mood symptoms 
  • The psychosocial impact of perimenopause on mood
  • The biologic reason that a lack of estrogen causes emotional lability, sadness and other mood symptoms
  • When hormone therapy helps..and when it doesn’t
  • Non-hormonal options to alleviate mood symptoms
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Episode 23:  Welcome to Peri-menopause
Episode 32: Are Your Hot Flashes Making You Foggy: Forgetful? with Dr. Pauline Maki
Episode 71  Hormone Therapy for Cognitive Function?

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Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the founding medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 


Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGN Morning News, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr. Radio, Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS This Morning, ABC News Now, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and World News Tonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine, and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 

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