The Most Difficult Time of Life: I used to pooh-pooh the idea that menopause affects women's minds. It isn't the hormonal changes of menopause, I'd tell myself, it's the life events (children leaving home for school, realizing they're getting older) that makes their moods shift. But I've been practicing medicine in one place long enough now to know that for some women (by no means all, only some) menopause just sends them into a mental and emotional nose-dive.
One of my patients, a normally placid and sensible woman recently told me, "I need an anti-bitch pill fast, or I'm going to lose the respect of my family." I've long wondered whether that's what happened to Maureen Dowd, whose columns used to be witty and entertaining but are no mostly bitter. And you can't read these emails from Susan Estrich without wondering the same. At least, I hope there's some biological explanation for that kind of behavior from a respected law professor at a prestigious university. posted by Sydney on
2/20/2005 07:59:00 AM