(Peri)menopause and anxiety--any correlation?

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   Posted 10/18/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed that, since having children, and getting a little older---that a week before I menstruate, I get really UP-N-DOWN!  OMG---I get really impatient, really anxious, nauseous---panicky, etc.....  then, a couple/few days later----I get my period!
I am close to 40 (a-hem)---and I read once that you can be "peri-menopausal" for 10-15 years before hitting menopause.
So, my question is:
1)  Do any of you experience more anxiety/panic around the time of the "month"
2)  Any articles you know of about this kind of thing?

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   Posted 10/18/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hormonal changes associated with your period and peri-menopause definitely have an effect on panic/anxiety.  I always have a difference in the intensity of my anxiety around that time of month and am also around 40, so am beginning to see the effects of perimenopause.  And you are right, it can start way before you actually hit menopause.  I found a great site with tons of information on perimenopause/menopause.  There's even a huge message board with alot of different topics,  where you can post and the women are amazingly supportive.  The site is www.power-surge.com.  Hope this helps.

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   Posted 10/18/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Junebug! I will check that out!

anyone else feel this way? What do you do for it? :)

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   Posted 10/18/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor (naturalpath) is convinced, as am I, that my anxiety is all about hormonal ups and downs associated with menopause.  I do believe there is a huge correlation and since exploring that issue it has changed my life for the better.  A vitamin D deficiency can also create high anxiety.  For me it was both.  I am building my vitamin D (see a doctor because you need mega doses to rebuild a deficiency and you can take too much) and it has allowed me to use half the amount of meds to support the other issues.

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