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Mind Over Menopause

Mind Over Menopause

The Complete Mind/Body Approach to Coping with Menopause

Control Your Menopause Symptoms with a Holistic Mind/Body Approach
Millions of women report the years after menopause as a time of increased confidence and feelings of empowerment. However, the menopause transition can be a difficult one. Maybe you've endured night sweats. Maybe you've begun asking friends and family, "Is it hot in here?" only to get a resounding "No." Maybe you're noticing that PMS is more than a monthly occurrence. If you're searching for a natural or integrated medical approach to navigate the midlife transition and improve your long-term health, you have picked up the right book.
Based on groundbreaking programs developed by clinicians at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, including Dr. Herbert Benson, Mind Over Menopause is the only book to combine the expertise of the Mind/Body Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School, and a leading member of the North American Menopause Society to create a complete plan for coping with menopause symptoms, so that all women can attain that confidence and enhance their midlife experience.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743236973 | 
  • April 2004
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Chapter One: Redefining "The Change"

Imagine hovering at the edge of a lake. You know the water is going to be cold, but you ease in (or maybe you plunge in headfirst!). At first it's unbearable, but as you work your muscles, the discomfort goes away and you enjoy the swim. For many women, menopause is like this. The transition can be difficult and there may be apprehension, but when all is said and done, it's not as bad as expected. They may even walk away feeling invigorated and full of life.

Millions of women worldwide report the years after menopause as a time of increased confidence and feelings of empowerment. As Margaret... see more

Throughout life we are faced with many pathways. It is the paths we choose that affect how we live and the way we feel. Some women see midlife as a crossroads -- a time of change and potential. This can be a truly exhilarating time for women who embrace possibilities and maintain their health. It can be a time of profound growth and creative endeavor -- a time to strengthen social bonds and tap into inner wisdom.

The menopause transition is a unique experience for each woman. Many women cruise through it with few problems. But the transition can throw up some real physiological "speed bumps." The erratic nature of... see more

About the Authors

Leslee Kagan

Leslee Kagan, M.S., N.P., is a clinical nurse practitioner, Director of the Mind/Body Program for Menopause, and Codirector of the Mind/Body Program for Infertility at the Mind/Body Medical Institute. She has had twenty years of experience working in the field of women's health.

Herbert Benson
Photograph by Margaret Kois

Herbert Benson

Herbert Benson, MD, is the Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the mega-bestselling book, The Relaxation Response, as well as ten other trade books. His groundbreaking work established the modern field of mind body medicine. Dr. Benson is the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Bruce Kessel

Bruce Kessel, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health at the University of Hawaii and The Queen's Medical Center. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the North American Menopause Society.




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