Psychological Symptoms of Menopause - Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Hormonal changes that occur during the menopause can result in a range of psychological symptoms. Whilst physical symptoms like hot flushes and irregular periods are the more commonly discussed and well known, the psychological impact of the menopause can be more unfathomable and limiting.

Hormone changes can lead to psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety.

Hormone changes can lead to psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety.

Do you find yourself experiencing regular bouts of anxiety and nervousness? These are very common symptoms of perimenopause.

Listed below is a range of symptoms, which may be associated with the menopause. You may find yourself experiencing some of these symptoms for the first time in your mid-late 40s. I think anxiety and general feelings of nervousness are some of the most common symptoms of menopause and can be even more undermining than hot flushes or night sweats. These symptoms are often exacerbated by insomnia and fatigue. Loads of fun isn't it?!

Some psychological symptoms may be related to physical changes brought on by the rebalancing of our hormones. Others may be directly associated with hormonal changes that take place during the menopause. Managing physical symptoms can help alleviate some psychological symptoms. For example, hormone surges that wake us at night can cause night sweats and insomnia, and leave us feeling tired, anxious, and vulnerable the next day. 

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Menopause anxiety

Menopause anxiety is very common and often one of the most difficult symptoms for us to cope with during the menopause. However, it is important to know that you are not alone on this journey, and talking openly about your anxiety can be very therapeutic. Many of us suddenly feel unable to cope with situations that were never a problem before. We feel overwhelmed by simple aspects of day-to-day living. This can be frightening and undermine our confidence and we may even assume that we are slowly going mad. Anxiety is like a build-up of pressure in our minds. It is stating the obvious, but to alleviate this pressure we need to vent the anxiety.

Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

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