“Many women report symptoms of depressed mood, stress, anxiety, and a decreased sense of well-being around the time of menopause”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Anxiety Umbrella include?

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

  • Anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Menopause and Anxiety

Terminology

Can anxiety mean different things to different people?

I think the term anxiety can be like the terms diet, love and menopause and mean different things, to different people, at different times, in different places.

When I use the term anxiety what I mean may be different to what someone else means or what is meant in medicaltalk.

It can therefore be important when the term anxiety is used, to be clear about what is meant, so we may work out whether we are on the same page meaning the same thing or not.

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?

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS):

“Few scientific studies support the idea that menopause contributes to true clinical depression, severe anxiety, or erratic behavior. Most women make the transition into menopause without experiencing a major mood disorder”.3

However, 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 NAMS elaborate on:

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”.4

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”.5

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 anxiety online resources and programs similar to the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health 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”.6

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.

Health Topics A-Z

Where may I find Health Topics related to Menopause Anxiety?

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Links

Where may I find Links related to Menopause Anxiety?

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Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted?

You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Depression, Mood, Swings, Anxiety: Menopause and Mood Disorders. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/depression-mood-swings-anxiety Accessed: 16 June 2020
  2. Anxiety. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/anxiety Accessed: 16 June 2020
  3. Depression, Mood, Swings, Anxiety: Menopause and Mood Disorders. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/depression-mood-swings-anxiety Accessed: 16 June 2020
  4. 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: 16 June 2020
  5. 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/manage/images/pdf/ba6379e868044bec13015ac2b84f2753.pdf Accessed: 16 June 2020
  6. Support From A Health Care Professional: Talking With Your GP or Local Doctor – Remember. Last Updated: 22 March 2020 | 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: 16 June 2020

Topic Last Updated: 30 August 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 16 June 2020
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