While anxiety can affect anyone, this psychological symptom is twice as common in women than in men. Though this condition can strike at any time during a woman's life, hormonal changes can produce feelings of anxiety in women of menopausal age. While most menopausal women do not necessarily develop a serious clinical anxiety disorder, these conditions are not uncommon. In fact, anxiety disorders affect more than 25 million Americans.
For women who are concerned about anxiety during menopause, it is extremely valuable to gain insight into anxiety, its various manifestations, its symptoms, and its causes. Understanding these aspects of anxiety can help women determine the best way to manage and treat anxiety during menopause. Continue reading to learn more about anxiety.
Anxiety is a psychological state characterized by excessive and persistent worry, tension, and nervousness. There are several types of anxiety disorders, classified on the basis of symptoms, causes, and other central features.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by a persistent state of exaggerated worry and fear (at least six months), often when there is little or nothing to provoke it.
Panic disorder (PD) is characterized by recurring acute episodes of sudden terror and overwhelming dread, which produce a variety of emotional and physical symptoms.
Social phobia involves excessive worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations.
Post traumatic stress disorder, unrelated to hormonal changes in menopause, is an anxiety disorder triggered by a traumatic life event.
Obsessive compulsive disorder, also infrequently associated with menopause, involves irrational preoccupations. Specific phobias, including agoraphobia, are unwarranted and extreme fears of particular stimuli.
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Anxiety and affects around 40 million American adults every year. An anxiety episode is when the person feels an unexpected onset of intense terror, making episodes a scary experience. Anxiety is a condition that can affect all aspects of life and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Anxiety and irregular periods are both known to be controlled by the same bodily processes and hormones, leading some to wonder if there is a link between the two. Some research has been done on this, and this article explains what the evidence has to say.
Symptoms of Anxiety
People who experience anxiety often can't seem to shake their concerns and worries about everyday events, even though they may know that their anxiety is out of proportion to the triggering situation. Psychological symptoms of anxiety can also include nervousness, difficulty concentrating, trouble relaxing, tenseness, hypervigilance, restlessness, and irritability.
Anxiety can put someone on edge, making it feel as if disaster is always just around the corner. Just getting through the day can feel overwhelming and even unbearable. At night it can wake someone from sleep or make falling asleep extremely difficult. Moderate to severe levels of anxiety can put a significant strain on our personal and professional relationships, not to mention how it makes us feel about ourselves.
Anxiety produces more than just psychological symptoms. People who suffer from anxiety typically experience a host of physical symptoms, including heart palpitations, fatigue, muscle aches, digestive problems, sweating, frequent urination, shortness of breath, and more. These symptoms may be especially intense for people who experience panic attacks, or sudden and acute episodes of overwhelming fear and panic.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is likely that anxiety has reached the point of being a problem. Click on the following link for more information about the symptoms of anxiety, or continue reading to learn more about specific causes for anxiety during menopause.
Although feelings of anxiety are natural, anxiety disorder is a distressing and debilitating condition that can affect day-to-day life. The causes are complex and the symptoms are innumerable. There are, however, a few common symptoms that most sufferers will experience, as outlined in this article.
Anxiety attacks can occur at any time. The attacks can bring on a range of physical and psychological symptoms, but are not dangerous. They can often be mistaken for heart attacks, so recognizing at least some of the symptoms that accompany anxiety attacks can be helpful.
Causes of Anxiety
For women in their 40s and 50s who are going through menopause, one of the most common causes of anxiety is decreased estrogen levels. Estrogen declines during perimenopause, or the time before menopause, as the body prepares to cease egg development and menstruation. Scientists have discovered that estrogen has a significant effect on the brain's regulation of moods and emotion.
While this relationship appears complex, experts do know that changes in estrogen levels have a direct effect on the neurochemicals serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and melatonin. Since all of these chemicals play an integral role in emotion and mood regulation, disruptions caused by estrogen fluctuations can lead to anxiety during menopause.
While the primary cause of anxiety in menopause is hormone-related, other medical and psychological conditions can cause anxiety. Women who are concerned about extreme and/or persistent anxiety should not hesitate to speak with a qualified medical professional.
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Regular anxiety impede on your quality of life. Instead of being able to enjoy your day and fulfil necessary tasks, you will be stuck in a whirlwind of worry. Find out why this frustrating symptom of menopause is taking over your life and see how you can correct it.
Generally speaking, there are three different ways to approach anxiety treatment: self-care and lifestyle changes, natural therapies, and medical options. Most experts advise that women begin with the least aggressive and risky of these three approaches: lifestyle changes and self-care, which can include increased exercises, dietary changes, relaxation techniques, and more.
Because these methods can be difficult to implement into a busy woman's schedule and because these measures do not address the root problem of hormone imbalance, doctors recommend that women combine lifestyle changes with natural remedies.
If this combination is not effective, medical options can be considered. It is also a good idea to speak with a counselor or other trained psychological professional who can offer anything from an open ear to effective psychotherapy for anxiety management.
Click on the following link to learn specific treatments for anxiety, which begin with lifestyle changes, move onto alternative medicines, and finally, if those options don't seem to help, medications. The most effective treatments for anxiety typically combine lifestyle changes and alternative medicines.
Menopausal anxiety is a common complaint among middle-aged women, and one that most women look to avoid. If you do find yourself feeling more anxious as a result of menopause, there are simple do's and don'ts that should help foster a happier state of mind.
Anxiety and depression are common symptoms of menopause, and this is for a variety of reasons. During menopause, the most common cause is hormonal fluctuations. Intensity can vary from woman to woman, and the onset of these conditions can usually be dealt with the implementation of a few lifestyle changes.
- "Anxiety Disorder." National Institute of Mental Health. www.nimh.nih.gov
- "Generalized Anxiety Disorder." MedicineNet.com
- Dr. Pick, Marcelle. "Anxiety in Women-Causes, symptoms, and natural relief." www.womentowomen.com
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