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Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Everyone feels anxious at some point in their lives, and this includes women who are experiencing perimenopause. Anxiety is defined as feelings of overwhelming uneasiness or apprehension. It is also important to note the difference between feeling occasionally anxious, which is normal, and have anxiety, which is a psychological condition. Women going through menopause can experience both types of anxiety.

Menopause Symptoms

Women going through menopause can experience a range of symptoms, which can cause anxiety. However, it is important to note there may be many different reasons a woman going through menopause may experience anxiety. Menopause is the result of a woman's ovaries producing less hormones as her body prepares to end its reproductive abilities. Menopause symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irregular heartbeat and joint pain. However, every woman experiences menopause slightly differently.

Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Psychological symptoms of anxiety:

  • Feeling worried or uneasy
  • Difficulty sleeping and difficulty concentrating
  • Being extremely alert and on edge
  • Feeling irritable or on the verge of crying
  • Needing constant reassurance from others

Physical symptoms of anxiety:

  • Pounding or irregular heartbeat
  • Breathing faster
  • Feeling sick or faint
  • Needing to go to the bathroom more often
  • Sweating
  • Chest pains, headaches, or stomachache

What Can Be Done about Anxiety during Menopause?

It's important to pinpoint why you have anxiety. Some people who suffer from anxiety are genetically predisposed to it. However, stress, difficulty, or conflict at work, with friends, at home, or with a partner can also cause or trigger anxiety.

It is important to talk to someone you can trust about how you are feeling and about what may be causing your anxiety. This good be a good friend, family member, partner, community leader, or a therapist.

It will also help to find a way to release your anxiety in a healthy way. This could be running or walking, practicing yoga, drawing, kickboxing, gardening, or whatever helps you release stress and anxiety.

If anxiety continues to be a problem and it is negatively altering your life it is important to seek help from a therapist or psychiatrist, who can help you work through your problems and may be able to prescribe you medicine to help you.

Some people use natural supplements to cope with anxiety although these have not been approved by any regulatory agency.

Methods for Treating Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Anxiety is treated the same way in women going through menopause as it is in people who are not going through menopause. Although menopausal women can feel anxious and have anxiety problems, menopausal women are not more prone to anxiety. It is also difficult to make general statements about what may cause anxiety in some menopausal women. These women comprise a large and diverse group of people who may have anxiety problems for a wide range of reasons.

If you need medication to treat your anxiety it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss the treatment of anxiety in perimenopause and menopause.

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Sources:
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (2014). Facts & Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
  • National Health Service UK. (2015). Why do I feel anxious and panicky? Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/understanding-panic.aspx