“…many women report symptoms of moodiness,
depressed mood, anxiety, stress, and
a decreased sense of well-being during perimenopause”.1

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What may the Menopause Anxiety Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Menopause Anxiety

Anxiety

What is anxiety?

DotS the definition of anxiety may vary. In Anxiety the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition is:

“Anxiety is a common condition. It’s a normal human reaction to stressful situations. Anxiety can make you feel nervous, worried, panicky and fearful.

There are several women’s health conditions that are associated with anxiety, for example, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause”.2

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and anxiety?

In Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms – Q. My family tells me that I’ve become moody, and I admit that I sometimes feel blue or short-tempered. Menopause? the North American Menopause Society note:

Menopause Anxiety“A. Most women make the transition into menopause without experiencing depression, but many women report symptoms of moodiness, depressed mood, anxiety, stress, and a decreased sense of well-being during perimenopause. Women with a history of clinical depression or a history of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or postpartum depression seem to be particularly vulnerable to recurrent depression during perimenopause, as are women who report significant stress, sexual dysfunction, physical inactivity, or hot flashes”.3

In Can Menopause Cause Depression and Panic Attacks? Q: Is It Normal To Feel Anxious As Menopause Sets In? the (United States) Cleveland Clinic explain:

“A: The fluctuation of estrogen and another key hormone, progesterone, in your body can cause feelings of anxiety or depression. But frequent, troubling high anxiety or panic attacks are not a normal part of menopause. Some women develop a panic disorder during menopause”.4

Anxiety Triggers

What are some anxiety triggers?

In Managing Anxiety: Identify Your Triggers the JH explain:

“There are often things, known as triggers, that can lead to anxiety. These can be different for everyone. You can also have more than one trigger. You may not always be able to avoid your triggers, but when you recognise them, it can help you to manage your anxiety.

Common triggers include:

  • Caffeine, alcohol or tobacco
  • Stressful or loud environments
  • Tests or interviews
  • Socialising
  • Financial problems
  • Health concerns or medical check-ups
  • Relationship problems
  • Travelling
  • Side effects of some medicines
  • Phobias”.5

Anxiety Management

What is anxiety management?

In Managing Anxiety: Practical Places To Start the JH elaborate on:

“It’s a good idea to try a range of self-help strategies. You might find different strategies work for different situations or symptoms. There is no right or wrong formula, so don’t be afraid to try them all”.6

Anxiety Management Strategies

What are some anxiety management strategies?

In Anxiety Management Strategies the (Australian) Beyond Blue elaborate on:

“There are a range of strategies you can try to manage your anxiety. What works is different for everyone, and it can take time to find the strategies that work best for you. But remember, if your anxiety is proving difficult to manage seek support from a professional.

10 Strategies To Try:

  1. Slow breathing…
  2. Progressive muscle relaxation…
  3. Stay in the present moment…
  4. Healthy lifestyle…
  5. Take small acts of bravery…
  6. Challenge your self-talk…
  7. Plan worry time…
  8. Get to know your anxiety…
  9. Learn from others…
  10. Be kind to yourself…”.7

Anxiety Online Resources, Programs, Apps and e-Therapies

Are anxiety online resources, programs, Apps and e-therapies available?

Depending on your Country, anxiety online resources, programs,  Apps and e-therapies may be available.

Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your Country’s recommended anxiety online resources, programs, Apps and e-therapies, similar to the (Australian) Department of Health’s Head To Health Search for Digital Mental Health Resources.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have anxiety or an anxiety disorder?

If you think you have anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. In Looking After Yourself: Emotional Wellbeing – Talk To Your Doctor the JH explain:

“If you are experiencing strong emotions, anxiety or depression, see your doctor”.8

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  1. Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms – Q. My family tells me that I’ve become moody, and I admit that I sometimes feel blue or short-tempered. Menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 06 October 2022
  2. Anxiety. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/anxiety Accessed: 06 October 2022
  3. Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms – Q. My family tells me that I’ve become moody, and I admit that I sometimes feel blue or short-tempered. Menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 06 October 2022
  4. Can Menopause Menopause Cause Depression and Panic Attacks? Q: Is It Normal To Feel Anxious As Menopause Sets In? 25 November 2019. Cleveland Clinic https://health.clevelandclinic.org/is-menopause-causing-your-mood-swings-depression-or-anxiety/ Accessed: 06 October 2022
  5. Managing Anxiety: Identify Your Triggers. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 28 June 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/anxiety/managing-anxiety#practical-places-to-start Accessed: 06 October 2022
  6. Managing Anxiety: Practical Places To Start. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 28 June 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/anxiety/managing-anxiety#practical-places-to-start Accessed: 06 October 2022
  7. Anxiety Management Strategies. Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/treatments-for-anxiety/anxiety-management-strategies Accessed: 06 October 2022
  8. Looking After Yourself: Emotional Wellbeing – Talk To Your Doctor Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/anxiety/managing-anxiety#practical-places-to-start Accessed: 06 October 2022
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