Dr Devika Patel joins Dr Louise Newson in this episode of the podcast to share how a chance encounter when overhearing an educational webinar on the menopause was a light bulb moment for her practice as a psychiatrist. Devika takes us through her journey of how this knowledge from learning about menopause has transformed the psychiatric care she now offers to her patients.
Devika’s 3 tips for those with mental health challenges who are in perimenopause/menopause:
- Don’t forget the important lifestyle changes (healthy diet, exercise, reduce stress, improve sleep and have meaningful connections with others) apply to mental health just as they do with menopause.
- When seeking help, go with your own data to your healthcare appointment. Track your moods with your cycle and really make any links clear to your clinician.
- If you don’t feel your healthcare professional is the right match for you, see someone else and advocate for yourself.
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Podcast: “Our Extraordinary Stories with Dr Devika Patel”