Menopause and Anxiety
Most women experience menopause after the age of 40 and spend a third of their life in this phase. It is a natural and important part of any woman’s life. Still, that doesn’t always make it easy to deal with. The changes that come with menopause affect a woman’s life physically and emotionally. The most recognizable changes are hot flashes, mood swings, and restless nights. But what many people may not realize is that menopause may also bring with it anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Medical studies suggest that even under normal circumstances, women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. However, the hormone imbalances that arise during menopause can also contribute to the development of anxiety or worsen existing anxiety and depression. Menopausal anxiety symptoms include:
- Panic Attacks
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Chronic sweating
- Muscle tension
Treatments For Menopause Related Anxiety
Possible treatments for menopause-related anxiety can include hormones, hormone therapy, antidepressants, psychotherapy, or supplements for better mood. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective as a treatment for menopause. This therapy helps women examine the connections between their feelings, thoughts, and behavior. By using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, women can learn how to modify their behavior to help reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms.
Other Coping Methods For Menopause and Anxiety
- Watching your diet – Caffeine and alcohol can worsen symptoms while complex carbohydrates act as a mild tranquilizer and steady your emotions.
- Getting some exercise – This can help your body relax and serve as a stress-reliever.
- Relaxation techniques – Simply doing things that relax you such as listening to music or going for strolls through the park can have a dramatic impact on any anxiety you might experience.
- Getting enough sleep – Deep sleep is a natural relaxer.
- Maintaining a positive attitude – Focusing on negative thoughts only makes anxiety and depression worse. On the other hand, focusing on the positive can keep anxiety and depression at bay.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of menopause, anxiety and depression, speak with your doctor immediately. Seeking help can make an already difficult time of your life easier to handle and get you back to enjoying your life. For more information on menopause, anxiety, contact us online or call our office at 561-496-1094 to schedule an appointment.
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