Guidelines Aim to Help Perimenopausal Women Deal With Depression

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Guidelines Aim to Help Perimenopausal Women Deal With Depression

  • Released On:November 02, 2018
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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. 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 more at: US News

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Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender

(312) 996-6941
pmaki1@uic.edu