Tailoring strategies for the management of depression in midlife years

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Abstract

Depression affects one in every five adults in North America. Women are more affected than men, possibly because of genetics, coping strategies, and hormone variations. The concept of a menopause-associated depression, however, remains a complex and controversial topic. Although hormone therapy is not recommended as first-line therapy for depression in midlife women, estrogen-based hormone therapy may minimize the need for or enhance the response to antidepressant or behavior-based therapies in select perimenopausal women.

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