Public Release: 29-Mar-2017
Trauma and stress in teen years increases risk of depression during menopause, Penn study shows
First-of-its kind study finds number of traumatic experiences and when they first occur significantly affects the risk of depression during menopause
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Although depression is common during a woman's transition to menopause, understanding who is at-risk of experiencing major depressive disorder (MDD) during this period of hormonal fluctuation were previously unknown. Now, a new study shows that women who experience multiple traumatic events during childhood or adolescence have a significantly increased risk of depression in the years leading into menopause (known as perimenopause). In particular, women who experienced their first traumatic event in their teens are especially susceptible to depression during perimenopause, even if they had previously never had depression.