Question: Can menopause increase my risk of developing depression?
Answer: Most women do not develop depression during their transition to menopause. Most women approach menopause in a very positive light. However, studies have shown that about 25 percent of women will develop depressive symptoms during the transition to menopause.
That risk appears to be increased based on other factors which may be occurring. For example, if a woman develops vasomotor symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes or night sweats, if she develops insomnia, if she has a history of depression, or if she is experiencing various psychosocial factors including limited supports, or financial stress.