How does a personal or family history of depression affect the risk for perimenopausal depression?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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A personal or family history of major depression, postpartum depression, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder seem to be a major risk factor for depression in the perimenopausal period. [7] However, perimenopausal depressive syndrome is a risk even in women without a history of depression.


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