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Diagnostic overshadowing: the menopause and mental health

Menopause and perimenopause can be misdiagnosed and nurses need to be wary of diagnostic overshadowing which might prevent women getting the treatment they need

Menopause and perimenopause can be misdiagnosed and nurses need to be wary of diagnostic overshadowing which might prevent women getting the treatment they need

  • Well-known physical signs of the menopause include hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness
  • But psychological symptoms such as low mood, anxiety and problems with memory and concentration may not be linked to it
  • Lack of awareness or open conversations may mean these symptoms are instead mistaken for depression, with inappropriate treatment offered

Most women will experience the menopause at some point in their lives, with symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness among well-known signs.

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