Menopause will occur in around 50% of patients in general practice who live long enough, and perimenopausal symptoms can occur for 5-10 years before this. While menopause is a common presentation for GPs and the physiological symptoms are well understood, the effect on mood is less well recognised. Many risk factors are associated with and shared between perimenopausal syndrome and mood disorders, and perimenopausal mood dysfunction requires careful consideration for people with mood symptoms midlife. This presentation will give GPs the confidence to diagnose and manage perimenopausal mood dysfunction in their own practice.
- Describe the differential diagnosis of mood symptoms in midlife
- Identify appropriate treatment of perimenopausal mood dysfunction