Could Your Panic Attacks Be Caused by Menopause?

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by annette
October 18, 2013

We all experience some form of anxiety in our lives. Sometimes we know what causes it and sometimes we don’t.   When a woman goes through menopause, her body is going through hormonal changes.  What she may experience is a lot of anxiety.  What she may not understand is that the anxiety is actually caused by the process of menopause.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is time in a woman’s life when her periods (menstruation) eventually stop and the body goes through changes that no longer allow her to get pregnant. It is a natural event that normally occurs in women age 45 – 55.  Symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings and interrupted sleep patterns just to name a few.

In the UK the average age for the menopause is 52 (National Health Service), while in the USA it is 51 (National Institute of Aging). About one fifth of women in India experience menopause before the age of 41.

The menopause is a normal part of life.   It is not a disease or a condition. Even though it is the time of the woman’s last period, symptoms may begin many years earlier. Some women may experience symptoms for months or years afterwards.

Anxiety and Menopause

Your hormones are directly responsible for your body’s ability to create neurotransmitters. They play a role in everything – from stress to digestion to movement and more.  When your hormones aren’t balanced, your body gets put under considerable stress, and that stress may lead to the development of very severe anxiety and anxiety attacks.

It is possible for a woman suffering menopause anxiety to identify the symptoms of this problem, in order to seek effective treatment. Menopause anxiety is a common problem and symptoms may be either physical or psychological. Physical symptoms include dizziness and sweating, while the psychological include restlessness and apprehension. A woman should never feel ashamed to seek help for anxiety.

Click here to learn more about different types of anxiety and how to get treatment for it.

Talk to your doctor about any hormonal treatments that may be effective at relieving some of these menopausal symptoms. Normally, medicine is not the best strategy for dealing with any type of disorder. But if hormones are causing your panic attacks, then hormonal therapy should reduce the impact. There are also many other anti-anxiety strategies that are available  to those that may be in need of it as well.

The following article gives more information on this interesting subject.

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