9780789023032

Dealing With The Psychological And Spiritual Aspects Of Menopause: Finding Hope In The Midlife

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    9780789023032

  • ISBN10:

    0789023032

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Turn menopause and midlife into a positive experience Dealing with the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Menopause examines the emotional toll of menopause, offering help for the worry, anxiety, stress, and depression women can face during the midlife years. Instead of focusing on estrogen, hormones, and osteoporosis, the book shares up-to-date research findings on the link between spiritual and emotional health. Women from different backgrounds and spiritual traditions will find hope in the healing power of the mind/body/spirit connection as they gain a healthy perspective of the changes taking place and restore balance to their lives. Dealing with the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Menopause goes beyond the traditional medical approach to examine ways women can make peace with the changes they face at midlife. This unique book informs, empowers, and enlightens women about the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth during menopause, offering strategies for exercise, meditation, prayer, and counseling. The authors offer a new perspective on menopause that offers hope in the face of the stress, worry, hot flashes, and often-overwhelming responsibilities women face at the midlife. This book demonstrates that women can do more than just make it through” menopause. The authors show that menopause can become a positive experience for women as they discover new avenues for finding peace and hope to sustain them through the challenges of mid-life--and beyond. Dealing with the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Menopause examines alternative aspects of menopause, including: dealing with emotional loss on top of physical and psychological changes moods, attitudes, and depression the benefits of counseling and group support exercise as a treatment for anxiety and depression the work experience spiritual issues special challenges of the perimenopausal period and much more! Dealing with the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Menopause is a vital resource for physicians, counselors, therapists, and psychologists, and especially for the women they treat.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Janice Daugherty, MD
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1(6)
Chapter 1. The Transition to Menopause: The Journey Begins 7(12)
Is Menopause a Disease?
8(1)
When Does Menopause Begin?
9(1)
Hormonal Changes
9(3)
Symptoms
12(2)
Interpreting Menopausal Experiences
14(5)
Chapter 2. Closing and Opening Doors: Dealing with a Journey of Personal Loss 19(8)
Transitions During Menopause
19(2)
Physical and Social Context of Menopause
21(2)
The Spiritual Issues
23(1)
The Interpersonal Changes
24(2)
Opening Doors for Others
26(1)
Chapter 3. Mood and the Mind in Menopause 27(14)
Introduction
27(1)
Attitudes Toward the Menopause Transition
28(2)
Social Changes and Context of Menopause
30(1)
Does Menopause Cause Depression?
31(3)
Spirituality and Depression
34(1)
Anxiety Disorders
35(1)
Changes in Sexuality
36(1)
Menopause Treatment Issues
37(4)
Chapter 4. Counseling and Group Support 41(8)
Seeking Counseling
41(1)
Individual Counseling
42(1)
Types of Therapists
43(2)
Therapy in Groups
45(1)
Other Choices
46(3)
Chapter 5. Exercise: Moving Along the Menopause Journey 49(12)
Introduction
49(3)
Stages of Change
52(6)
Mind, Body, and Spirit
58(3)
Chapter 6. Menopause and the Workplace 61(8)
Changes in the Workplace
61(2)
Managing Menopause at Work
63(4)
Finding Fulfillment
67(2)
Chapter 7. Spiritual Issues Facing Women at Midlife 69(18)
Finding Spiritual Resources
70(5)
Why Attend to the Spiritual Aspects of Life at Menopause?
75(1)
Spirituality and Health: Is There a Physiological Connection?
76(1)
How Do I Begin to Address Spiritual Issues?
77(4)
Spirituality for Its Own Sake: The Paradox
81(1)
Spirituality and Health Care Providers
82(5)
Chapter 8. Last Word 87(2)
Resources 89(8)
Selected Bibliography 97(6)
Index 103

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