Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

Affective Symptoms in Women Attending a Menopause Clinic

  • Alistair G. Hay (a1), John Bancroft (a1) and Eve C. Johnstone (a2)

Abstract

All new attenders at the Menopause Clinic in Edinburgh over six months were interviewed to detect current depressive disorder (MADRS) and past psychiatric disorders (SADS-L), to find out whether women who were depressed at the time of clinic attendance had a history of depression. Of the 95 subjects who entered the study, 78 had gone through a natural menopause and 17 had undergone hysterectomy with or without oophorectomy. Of the 78 who had experienced a natural menopause, 35 were found to be depressed at the time of clinic attendance and 43 were not. A strong association was found between current and past depressive illness, 29 of the patients depressed at the time of clinic attendance having had depression previously. However, a clear peak of illness was seen in the perimenopausal period (four years either side of the last menstrual period): 35% of all patients with past or current depressive illness experienced their first episode of illness in this period.

Copyright

Corresponding author

Correspondence

References

Hide All
Byrne, P. (1984) Psychiatric morbidity in a gynaecology clinic: an epidemiological survey. British Journal of Psychiatry, 144, 2834.
Endicott, J. & Spitzer, R. L. (1978) A diagnostic interview. The Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry, 35, 837844.
Hallstrom, T. & Samuelson, S. (1985) Mental health in the climacteric. Acta Obstetrica et Gynaecologica Scandinavica (suppl.), 130, 1318.
Hunter, M., Battersby, R. & Whitehead, M. (1986) Relationships between psychological symptoms complaints and menopausal status. Maturitas, 8, 217228.
Jazsmann, N. D., van Lith, N. D. & Zat, J. C. A. (1969) The perimenopausal symptoms: a statistical analysis of a survey. Medical Gynaecology & Sociology, 4, 268277.
Kearns, N. P., Cruickshank, C. A., McGuigan, K. J., et al (1982) A comparison of depression rating scales. British Journal of Psychiatry, 141, 4549.
Mayou, R. & Hawton, S. (1986) Psychiatric disorder and the general hospital. British Journal of Psychiatry, 149, 172190.
McKinlay, S., McKinlay, J. & Brambilla, D. (1987) The relative contributions of endocrine changes and social circumstances to depression in mid-aged women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 125, 110121.
Mongomery, S. A. & Asberg, M. (1979) A new depression scale designed to be sensitive to change. British Journal of Psychiatry, 134, 382–9.
Rebar, R., Anderson, E., Hamburger, S., et al (1984) Characteristics of perimenopausal women seeking help. (4th International Congress on the Menopause). Maturitas, 6, 167168.
Snaith, R. P., Harrop, F. M., Newby, D. A., et al (1986) Grade scores of the Montgomery–Asberg Depression and the Clinical Anxiety Scales. British Journal of Psychiatry, 148, 599–562.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ISSN: 0007-1250
  • EISSN: 1472-1465
  • URL: /core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed

Affective Symptoms in Women Attending a Menopause Clinic

  • Alistair G. Hay (a1), John Bancroft (a1) and Eve C. Johnstone (a2)
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *