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Q I am in my 40s and I frequently get bursts of really low mood. I feel fuzzy, tired, listless and black. I don't want to do anything and feel like I function on autopilot. At first I thought it was hormonal but there doesn't seem to be any consistency in my cycle as to when it hits. What do you think? Could I be depressed? Could it be my hormones?

A It is clear is that you are having a really rough time. So many factors can influence depression, such as a combination of your genetics, biology, history and environment, life events and hormones. The lifetime risk for women experiencing depression is 25pc more than men.

When looking at influencing factors, hormones can impact depression most notably during the reproductive years and the transition to menopause. Many reasons can come into this, from unique physical and emotional stresses on women to the fluctuations in hormone levels. Something of a dismissiveness can occur for women when discussing hormones, but remember you know yourself and your body best.


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