Women experiencing menopause may require a range of health care professionals, Elizabeth Tracey reports


While menopause will be experienced by every woman as she ages, a complete understanding of the range of issues that can arise in this life stage is incomplete. That’s why Wen Shen, a menopause expert at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues have developed a multidisciplinary approach, including mental health services.

Shen: They have what I deem to be menopause-related anxiety and depression, and that’s a very real thing. Because of the roller coaster of hormones during menopause a lot of women experience depression, anxiety, and they come to me and say what is wrong with me? I feel like I’m going crazy, the other night I thought I was having a heart attack, went to the emergency room and found out I was having a panic attack. I’ve never had a panic in my life. Yes, this could be a result of the crazy hormones.  :34

Shen says women tell her they feel their concerns are being heard for the first time. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.