Reuters (11/14, Seaman) reports that according to a study published online Nov. 13 in JAMA Psychiatry, the risk for depression in women may fall after they undergo natural menopause. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after following 203 women ranging in age from 35 to 48 from 1996 through 2010. At study start, the women had not experienced menopause, and about 40 percent of them displayed some depressive symptoms. Two years after menopause, the risk for depression lowered considerably. The study authors noted that women’s scores for depression appeared to be tied to hormone levels.
— “Depression risk may fall after women’s periods end, “Andrew Seaman, Reuters, November 13, 2013.