At Mercy Comfort Health Care Center for Women, we aspire to be attuned to the unique health care needs of midlife women. While the physical changes women typically face during this time are often at the forefront of medical concerns, it is important to acknowledge the mental health care needs of midlife women as well.
During the onset of menopause, as women transition from one significant stage of life to another, women experience complex hormonal changes. These changes affect a woman’s neurological function and stress responses which can lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of symptoms of mood disorders.
Women in this age group may also experience multiple life stressors – including physical and social changes – that may contribute to depression and anxiety. Some women may experience identity issues as her role of a mother changes and her children leave home. Financial stress from paying for college or the stress of becoming caretakers for aging parents can become extremely difficult to bear. As a result, a marriage or partnership can be affected as well. Additionally, middle-aged men may suffer from impulse control and substance use disorders that can impact a woman. Increases in stress, depression, and anxiety from all of physical and social changes can take a toll on a woman’s well-being, overall health and wellness, and quality of life. In fact, research indicates women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety or depressive disorders. This is why it is so imperative to address not only physical health, but also the mental and emotional health of midlife women as well.
Providing the correct mental health screenings, treatments, and resources for women is essential for providing the best possible care leading to the best outcomes.
Counseling services at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women are provided by Denise Edwards, LISW. To schedule an appointment call (515)222-7460.