Research Article

Psychiatric morbidity and the menopause: clinical features.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 15 May 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1183
  1. C B Ballinger


    A sample of 114 women from the general population aged 40-55 years were identified as possible psychiatric cases and subjected to a standardised psychiatric interview. Mean ratings for reported symptoms and observed abnormalities were assessed in relation to menopausal status. There was no evidence of any specific combination of symptoms and signs associated with the cessation of menstrual periods, though after the menopause insomnia and hypochondriacal preoccupations were more common. In comparison with matched normal controls have been previous psychiatric illness, and contact with general practitioners was more frequent. Many women developing psychiatric symptoms at the time of the menopause appear to belong to a vulnerable population who are likely to develop symptoms in relation to stress.