“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. The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition is:

“Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of nervousness, apprehension and fear that something bad is happening, or about to happen. Anxious feelings may cause physical symptoms like sweating and feeling shaky, and emotional symptoms like feeling that you need to run away. Anxious feelings tend to last longer than worry”.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:

“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

Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do

What is the JH’s anxiety website?

In Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do the JH explain:

Menopause Anxiety

Menopause Anxiety“This website has been developed to help you understand more about worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders at different times in your life”.

Online Treatment Programs

Are online anxiety treatment programs available?

DotC online anxiety treatment programs may be available. Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online anxiety treatment program.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have anxiety?

If you think you have anxiety, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. In Anxiety: When To Seek Help the JH explain:

“If fear and anxiety are interfering with your ability to function and enjoy day-to-day life, it is time to do something about it. The most important thing to remember is that avoidance will only make anxiety worse – even though it may be difficult, you need to face your anxieties, seek support for the symptoms and distress you are feeling and develop strategies for coping”.7

Health Topics A-Z

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Links

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Sources

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Sources

  1. Depression, Mood, Swings, Anxiety: Menopause and Mood Disorders. North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/depression-mood-swings-anxiety Accessed: 05 November 2019
  2. Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do: Anxiety. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://anxiety.jeanhailes.org.au/ Accessed: 05 November 2019
  3. Depression, Mood, Swings, Anxiety: Menopause and Mood Disorders. North American Menopause Society http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/depression-mood-swings-anxiety Accessed: 05 November 2019
  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 http://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-menopause-symptoms Accessed: 05 November 2019
  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 http://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/ba6379e868044bec13015ac2b84f2753.pdf Accessed: 05 November 2019
  6. Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://anxiety.jeanhailes.org.au/ Accessed: 05 November 2019
  7. Anxiety: When To Seek Help. Last Updated 29 June 2018 — Last Reviewed 10 March 2014. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health http://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/anxiety Accessed: 05 November 2019
Topic Last Updated: 12 December 2019 – Topic Last Reviewed: 05 November 2019
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