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

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Anxiety Umbrella include?

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

  • Anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Menopause and 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:

“We describe anxiety as feeling nervous, worried, uneasy, panicky, and fearful about what might happen”.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 explain:

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 elaborate on:

“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

In Mental Health & Emotions: Depression, Anxiety & Menopause the JH note:

“Identifying what is a menopausal symptom and what are ‘true’ mood changes, depression or anxiety can be confusing. Often anxiety symptoms get worse with perimenopause. What might start as a hot flush might lead to an anxiety attack”.5

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

May menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) be beneficial in improving anxiety?

One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:

  • “MHT may be beneficial in improving mood in early postmenopausal women with depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. MHT may also be beneficial for perimenopausal women with major depression but antidepressant therapy remains first-line treatment in this setting”.6

Online Resources and Programs

Are anxiety online resources and programs available?

DotC (Depending on the Country) anxiety online resources and programs may be available.

Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online anxiety resources, programs and Apps similar to the JH’s anxiety Online Resources and Programs

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 Support From A Health Care Professional: Talking With Your GP or Local Doctor – Remember…… the JH explain:

“We are all different. The approaches that work best for each of us to manage our anxiety will differ. We may need to try a few different approaches to find one that helps us to manage anxiety. We can talk with our health professional about the approach we are using and whether an alternative may work better for us. There will be an approach that can help you”.7

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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Sources

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Sources

  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: 21 June 2022
  2. Anxiety. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/anxiety Accessed: 21 June 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: 21 June 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: 21 June 2022
  5. Mental Health & Emotions: Depression, Anxiety & Menopause. Last Updated: 28 June 2021 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/mental-health-emotions Accessed: 21 June 2022
  6. De Villiers, T. J., Hall, J. E., Pinkerton, J. V., Pérez, S. C., Rees, M., Yang, C. and Pierroz, D. D. Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT. Climacteric, 2016;19:4:314 https://www.imsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/global-consensus-hrt-2016-06.pdf Accessed: 21 June 2022
  7. Support From A Health Care Professional: Talking With Your GP or Local Doctor – Remember. Last Updated: 20 August 2021 | Last Reviewed: 29 February 2020. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/anxiety/ways-to-manage-anxiety/support-from-a-health-professional Accessed: 21 June 2022

Topic Last Updated: 09 August 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 21 June 2022
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