A woman took her own life after menopausal symptoms left her with constant nausea, migraines and severe depression, an inquest heard.
Gillian Chapman, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, was found by her daughter Shelley on February 20 after becoming more and more physically and mentally unwell.
The coroner's court heard that Mrs Chapman kept a detailed diary from the day she realised she was going through 'the change' five years ago.
Gillian Chapman, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire (pictured) was suffering from constant nausea, migraines, tingling in her arms and legs as well as severe depression and anxiety - symptoms she detailed in a diary she kept from the start of her diagnosis five years ago
These entries started in neat handwriting and descended into a scrawl in the days before her death.
The combination of her symptoms led a doctor to prescribe her medication to lessen the affects of her depression - a drug the 55-year-old then became fearful of becoming dependent upon, the coroner heard.
Geoffrey Sullivan, the Senior Coroner for Hertfordshire, told how Mrs Chapman had grown continually unwell over the years