Three years ago, I started having anxiety/panic attacks. I had never experienced this kind of anxiety before. I was always afraid, panic took over my life, I couldn't sleep, lost 40 pounds. I would pace the floor all day. I had panic attacks about my health that took me to the ER several times only to be told it was anxiety. I never would have believed anxiety was a symptom of menopause. I thought I was losing my mind. I looked up menopause symptoms and there it was. I went on HRT but that did not help very much, just caused me to restart having my period. I was finally placed on an AD and after a while I started doing much better. After about a year was tapered off the AD and did great for about another year but a few months ago I started having anxiety again. Once again I had to go on an AD and it has helped somewhat. Some people can deal with the anxiety without medication, but I guess I am not one of them. I really wonder why we are never educated on the symptoms of menopause. No one had ever told me anything about it. I really think women should be told what to expect.