The suicide link to perimenopausal depression

Article by
Anna Mooney.

The tragic high profile suicides of Kate Spade and L'Wren Scott highlight the "window of vulnerability" that surrounds women in the perimenopause and menopause years. Ruby Prosser Scully's excellent article in the Medical Republic raises a worrying trend.

Suicide rates are alarmingly high among middle-aged women, and under-recognised and under-treated perimenopausal depression could be the culprit, according to a leading women’s mental-health expert.

“It’s a hidden problem to some extent because there’s an assumption that middle-aged women are able to deal with life or that they don’t [commit] suicide,” Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, director and founder of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry centre, said.

Read the full article here: Beware Suicide Link to perimenopausal depression. 

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