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Depression and Menopause: A Practical Guide


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About The Course

Delve into the intricate relationship between menopause and depression, understanding their roles in triggering perimenopausal depression. Explore the pathogenesis of menopause and identify clinical features of perimenopause depression. Develop methods for accurate assessment and diagnosis. Discuss various treatment strategies, including antidepressants, hormone therapies, and menopausal hormonal treatment, to manage perimenopause depression effectively. Enriched with case studies and expert insights, gain practical skills to provide comprehensive care in navigating perimenopausal depression’s complexities.

What You'll Learn

  • Define menopause and perimenopause and discuss their relationships to the development of depression.
  • Explore the clinical features and pathogenesis of menopause and perimenopause.
  • Identify how to correctly diagnose perimenopausal depression.
  • Discuss treatment strategies in perimenopausal depression using antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies and menopausal hormonal treatment.
  • Explore differential diagnoses as well as complex cPTSD and menopause through a Case Study: Jenny.
  • Discuss emerging treatment approaches, and troubleshoot current challenges around using menopause hormonal therapy (MHT).

Course Programme

8 Modules | 5 hours total length

  • Physiology of Menopausal Transition
  • Stages of Menopausal Transition
  • Central Nervous System Changes in Menopause
  • Epidemiology
  • Understanding Perimenopausal Depression
  • Symptoms of Perimenopausal Depression
  • Comorbidities
  • Steps to assess Perimenopausal Depression effectively
  • Specific Symptoms
  • Diagnosing Perimenopausal Depression
  • Recognise Comorbidities and Differential Diagnoses
  • Conduct Medical Evaluation
  • Application Through a Case Study
  • Managing Perimenopausal Depression
  • Antidepressants
  • Treatment Selection - Major Depressive Disorder in Menopause
  • Symptoms of Depression
  • Algorithm - Menopausal Hormonal Treatment (MHT)
  • Recommendations - Menopausal Hormonal Treatment (MHT)
  • Genetics - The APOE gene and the Brain
  • Tibolone as an adjunctive treatment for perimenopausal depression
  • Non-Pharmacological Strategies for Perimenopausal Depression
  • The Current Treatment Landscape for Menopausal Depression
  • Application Through Case Studies
  • Relapse cPTSD and Perimenopause: Unraveling Hidden Psychopathology
  • Diagnosing Perimenopausal Depression - Three key elements
  • Questions and Answer Session on Perimenopausal Depression
  • Knowledge Check

Course Description

Navigating Perimenopausal Depression: Insights and Strategies

Women experiencing menopause are at a greater risk of developing depression, with symptoms often mirroring psychiatric manifestations, complicating accurate diagnosis and treatment. Our comprehensive course delves into the intricate relationship between Menopause and Depression, particularly focusing on the nuances of Perimenopausal Depression. Spanning over 5 hours, participants embark on an explorative journey through clinical features, pathogenesis, and correlation with depressive disorders.

The learning journey starts with clear explanations of menopause and perimenopause, showing how they’re connected to perimenopausal depression. Delve into the complexities of hormonal fluctuations and how they can trigger or exacerbate depressive symptoms. The course sheds light on the biological changes that contribute to perimenopausal depression, equipping participants with skills to identify its clinical features and diagnose it accurately.

A vital part of this course is the treatment strategies, with in-depth discussions encompassing antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies, and menopausal hormonal treatments. The course emphasizes tailored approaches that consider individual physiological and psychological needs. Additionally, alternative therapies are explored, providing a comprehensive view of effective management strategies.

Depression and Menopause: A Practical Guide is enriched with excerpts from a recent webinar by Professor Kulkarni, enhancing comprehension and aiding in the formulation and diagnosis of patients with suspected menopause-related depression. Engage with expert-led modules, informative videos, and interactive activities spanning from understanding the physiology of menopausal transition to assessing and managing perimenopausal depression effectively.

Treatment strategies form a core component of the curriculum. The course offers an in-depth discussion on the use of antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies, and menopausal hormonal treatments in managing perimenopause depression. It recognizes the need for a tailored approach in perimenopausal depression treatment, considering the unique physiological and psychological needs of each individual.

Participants are guided through emerging treatment approaches and enabled to address current challenges surrounding menopause hormonal therapy (MHT). Equipped with practical skills and comprehensive knowledge, learners emerge prepared to provide holistic care to women navigating the complexities of perimenopausal depression.

Depression and Menopause: A Practical Guide is an essential course for healthcare professionals, therapists, and individuals interested in understanding the complexities of perimenopause depression. It offers valuable insights and practical strategies to improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of women navigating this challenging condition.


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Learn the clinical features of perimenopause depression and various treatment strategies, such as antidepressants, therapies, and alternative treatment options.

Course Information

  • 5 hours
  • 5 CPD


  • 4 hours of interactive course material
  • 1 hour of video
  • Case studies
  • Self-assessment
  • Certificate of Completion

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Sanil Rege Dr. Sanil Rege MBBS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

With extensive teaching experience through various psychiatry education initiatives, Sanil is renowned as a motivational training facilitator who promotes fruitful discussion and collaboration.

As the Academic Lead of Psych Scene and Chief Editor at Psych Scene Hub, he aspires to make a difference in mental health by empowering healthcare professionals to advance their skills and careers through the provision of specialised training and education

Sanil is also the founder of Vita Healthcare, a private clinic in Mount Eliza specialising in adult mental healthcare. He has over 10 years of private practice experience, treating disorders across the full spectrum. He currently works in the community, across in-patient, consultation-liaison and addiction psychiatry spaces. 

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM Guest Speaker and Reviewer | MBBS MPM FRANZCP PhD FAHMS

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni is the founder and director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). She is also Head of Women's Mental Health at Cabrini Health. Jayashri has won prestigious awards for her research & she chairs several advisory boards for both industry & government.

Professor Kulkarni has dedicated over 25 years to women's health improvement. She has researched and developed evidence-based treatments, that are tailored specifically to women's biological, social & psychological needs.

Professor Kulkarni delivers an engaging webinar for clinicians who want to provide personalised,  holistic care to women with PMDD.

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