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Psychotherapy for Menopause?

The years surrounding menopause are often associated with a high prevalence of psychological disorders such as emotional instability, depressive moods, anxiety, sleep disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Despite the far-ranging impact of the symptoms on quality of life, only a few studies have assessed the efficacy of psychological interventions.

A study published in the September issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics evaluates an open trial of cognitive-behavioral group intervention consisting of psychoeducation, group discussion and coping skills training for women suffering from climacteric symptoms.

Physiological and psychosocial factors influence menopausal psychological symptoms including a decline of sex hormones, a change in lifestyle, attitude towards menopause, pre-menopausal mental health and sociocultural factors.

In the trial, thirty women were administered standardized and specially developed assessment instruments. The test batteries were administered 3 times, twice before (T1 and T2) and once after the group intervention (T3).

Significant improvements were observed in anxiety, depression, partnership relations, and overall score of sexuality, hot flashes and cardiac complaints from pre- to post-intervention. No changes were found for sexual satisfaction and stressfulness of menopausal symptoms.

This pilot study points at a possible effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral interventions for the treatment of climacteric syndrome. Further studies will have to use randomized trials, comparing different treatments (HRT, phytoestrogens, relaxation training, discussion groups) for their effectiveness.

Source: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Psychotherapy for Menopause?

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Psychotherapy for Menopause?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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