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Moderate Hot Flashes May Increase Risk of Depression

Moderate Hot Flashes May Increase Risk of Depression

A new study finds that moderate to severe hot flashes among menopausal women are a significant risk factor for depression.

Australian researchers studied more than 2,000 perimenopausal and menopausal women, focusing on the more severe forms of vasomotor symptoms — hot flashes or night sweats.

Although controversial, investigators found that among a group of women ages 40-65, those with moderate-severe hot flashes were significantly more likely to have moderate-severe depression than women with no or mild vasomotor symptoms.

Study findings appear in the Journal of Women’s Health.

Roisin Worsley, M.B.B.S., Robin Bell, Ph.D., Pragya Gartoulla, Penelope Robinson, and Susan Davis, M.B.B.S., Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, found hot flashes, depressive symptoms, and use of antidepressant medication to be common in the age range of women included in the study.

The researchers also examined whether or not moderate-severe depression was associated with a greater likelihood of psychotropic medication use, smoking, or binge drinking at least once a week.

“The results of this study shed further light on therapeutic findings, with both anti-depressant medication and estrogen therapy having the potential to improve hot flashes and mood,” said Susan G. Kornstein, M.D., editor-in-chief of the Journal of Women’s Health.

Source: Journal of Women’s Health/Mary Ann Liebert

Moderate Hot Flashes May Increase Risk of Depression

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.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Moderate Hot Flashes May Increase Risk of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Aug 2018 (Originally: 20 Apr 2017)
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