Natural relief for women going through the change: Cognitive behavior therapy helps manage menopause symptoms, reveals study

(Natural News) Cognitive behavior therapy is a short-term, non-medical approach that can be used to treat a wide range of health problems, from stress and fatigue to even hot flashes. It focuses on teaching patients how to modify dysfunctional behaviors, thoughts and emotions, and how to develop personal coping strategies against them. Now, recent research suggests that this...
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Women with epilepsy (WWE) as compared with the general female population have higher estimates of sexual dysfunction (75.3% vs. 12.0%) [1 –2]. Different reasons for sexual dysfunction among WWE have been proposed, including decreased libido, problems with arousal and infrequent orgasms, earlier onset of menopause, adverse effects of certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), anxiety, and stigmatization [3–7]. Given that sexuality is an i mportant component of quality of life (QoL) [8] and is viewed as a central part of an individual’s life [9], the consideration of healthy sexual functioning in WWE should be emphasized.
Source: Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Women who carry a pathogenic mutation in either a BRCA1 DNA repair associated or BRCA2 DNA repair associated (BRCA1 or BRCA2) gene have a high lifetime risk of developing breast and tubo-ovarian cancer. To manage this risk women may choose to undergo risk-reducing surgery to remove breast tissue, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Surgery should increase survival, but can impact women's lives adversely at the psychological and psychosexual levels. Interventions to facilitate psychological adjustment and improve quality of life post risk-reducing surgery are needed. OBJECTIVES: To examine psych...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeEach year, thousands of young breast cancer (BC) patients confront the difficult decision to medically suppress ovarian function and undergo abrupt, premature menopause to reduce risk of cancer recurrence. Unlike natural menopause, young women undergoing ovarian suppression (OS) face severe and disruptive side effects. Profound sexual dysfunction is one of the most prevalent, distressing side effects of OS treatment. Unmanaged sexual dysfunction is also a primary predictor of non-adherence to this potentially life-saving treatment. We developed and tested a brief, psychosexual intervention targeted to manage...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for menopausal symptoms (CBT-Meno) compared with a waitlist condition (no active intervention). A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 71 perimenopausal or postmenopausal women who were seeking treatment for menopausal symptoms. Methods: Blind assessments were conducted at baseline, 12 weeks postbaseline, and 3 months post-treatment. An intention-to-treat analysis was conducted. CBT-Meno sessions included psychoeducation, and cognitive and behavioral strategies for vasomotor and depressive symptoms, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and sexu...
Source: Menopause - Category: OBGYN Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Menopause is accompanied by multidimensional alterations that affect women ’s quality of life [1]. These changes put women at high risk of health problems, both physical, such as hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disturbance [2–4], and psychological, such as anxiety [4,5]. It is estimated that, by 2030, in China, the number of women over 50 will have increased to mor e than 280 million [6]. Currently, 51%-55% of women in China experience menopause syndrome [7,8] with hot flashes (62%), fatigue (82%) [9], sleep disturbance (51%) and mood swings (40%) [10].
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CONCLUSION: CAMs might be beneficial for reducing VMS, but the evidence levels were not high. Several priorities for future practice were identified. PMID: 31383438 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can effectively reduce menopause symptoms including hot flushes, depression and sleep problems, according to a study published inMenopause.Medical News Today
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(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) Although hormone therapy (HT) is the most commonly recommended treatment for menopause symptoms, research is ongoing for alternatives, especially nonpharmacologic options. Cognitive behavior therapy has previously been proposed as a low-risk treatment for hot flashes, but a new study suggests it may also effectively manage other menopause symptoms. Results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
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This study examined 103 patients with bipolar 1 disorder who, despite taking a mood stabilizer, experienced frequent relapses. During a 12-month period, the group receiving cognitive therapy had significantly fewer bipolar episodes and reported less mood symptoms on the monthly mood questionnaires. They also had less fluctuation in manic symptoms. It’s normal to panic in the days and weeks your symptoms return; however, as you can see, there are many options to pursue. If the first approach doesn’t work, try another. Persevere until you achieve full remission and feel like yourself again. It will happen. Trust me on that.
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Antidepressant Bipolar Depression General Medications Manic Episode Mood Disorder Mood Stabilizer Relapse Source Type: blogs
AbstractThe improved detection and successful treatment of breast cancer, resulting in better survival rates, has led to an increasing number of women living with the effects of treatment modalities and their long-term consequences. Menopausal symptoms following breast cancer can occur at an earlier age, be more severe and significantly influence a woman ’s overall wellbeing, in particular, sexual function, quality of life and adherence to treatment. There is a dearth of good quality evidence on the safest and most effective treatment options available for these women, and this article aims to summarize the current a...
Source: Drugs and Aging - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
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