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Does menopause make you anxious?

By August 27, 2014 - 8:22am
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Since going through menopause, i've been very anxious. Like the feeling i'm doing something wrong or tingling like i'm nervous. Is this normal? 

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Hi Kelly

Thanks for your post! 

Menopause can cause mood swings and anxiety. Mood swings and anxiety are increased due to the symptoms of menopause that include insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes and vaginal dryness/decreased interest in sex. 

According to one of our EmpowHER shares:

The erratic fluctuations in hormone production, causes the brain to have the body go into a depression whereby women begin to experience various mood swings. The depression and mood sways can go from an extreme high to severe lows, where one minute you're up and the next minute, you're crying your eyes out, all within a short time frame. Women who experience feeling low or blue, are not responsible for this chemical change, it is a common, yet unnatural occurrence during the menopausal years. Doctors call chronic and serious mood changes, a psychological disorder. Mood regulating neurotransmitters are affected by the decrease in sexual hormone production. Depression and changes in mood, also causes fatigue.

However, Kelly, if you feel like your anxiety is more than just menopause, talk to your doctor. There may be other factors involved that are merely coinciding with menopause. 

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August 28, 2014 - 6:32am
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