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I am still really struggling with depression in perimenopause. Sometimes, I feel normal and happy, but at other times it is such a struggle to get through the day. I force myself to keep involved in activities that normally bring me happiness: cycling with my boyfriend, working in the garden, sitting in the sun... What I am finding so difficult is the negative self-talk and lack of self-support / love that seems to manifest when I get down.
I am not sure the best way to deal with it. Often, I will try a mantra, such as "This is just your hormones", "This will pass", or "I have the courage to get through anything". Sometimes it works, but definitely not always. I get so tired of the negative thinking, that I will, at times, just let the thoughts be there, as when I try to wrestle with them, they just seem to intensify.
What's also hard is the rapid mood changes: I can go from deeply depressed to almost mildly euphoric in the blink of an eye. This makes it soooo hard to get through the days.
Before all of these hormone changes, I was confident, happy, well-adjusted, and excited about life.
I can start to get scared when I worry about my normally energetic, bubbly self being a thing of the past.
Are there any other women who have experienced the same during perimenopause?
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