Do you have Menopause Anxiety?
Anxiety in menopause is common. Longitudinal Research shows up to 60% of menopausal women experience heightened anxiety during menopause. However, anxiety in menopause is different to an Anxiety Disorder.
Menopause creates an environment for menopausal anxiety in a number of ways, gut changes, neurotransmitter imbalances, hormone imbalances, functional imbalances, negative perceptions and beliefs about menopause, and stress.
So it is important to manage anxiety as soon as it arises.
Your brain controls your entire nervous system and is in regular communication with your gut-brain.
Changes in hormones will affect your nervous system and vice versa. Similarly, gut imbalances have been linked to anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.
As menopausal women experience all the above issues along with increased stress due to mid-life (family, elderly parents, COVID etc) and the previous 40 odd years of stress on the body, this can create anxiety issues.
Menopausal anxiety is more related to perceptions and symptoms as opposed to being diagnosed with an ‘anxiety disorder’.
Research shows that anxiety often goes unidentified in menopause because women may not fit the “anxiety disorder assessment criteria”.
This is doing menopausal women a disservice, especially perimenopause, as doctors often dismiss menopausal symptoms in perimenopausal women. And of course, even if your doctor did diagnose you with suffering anxiety, they are likely to prescribe you anti-depressant medications which most women do not want.
Whilst menopause and anxiety are associated for some women, you may also be experiencing anxiety due to worry about COVID 19 or other factors. Research also shows that if you have suffered anxiety previously you are likely to suffer menopausal anxiety.