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Anxiety and Menopause

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Is intense anxiety a symptom of menopause?Is intense anxiety a symptom of menopause?


Some women do experience new or increased anxiety as a result of the hormone changes caused by a hysterectomy and/or menopause. Women who previously felt very strong and confident can suffer from debilitating anxiety that makes them feel helpless and fearful, keeping them from living their lives to the fullest. Anxiety is a real medical condition, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Do not be embarrassed to seek medical help.

Some HysterSisters say they have improved their anxiety by exercising, meditating, and decreasing caffeine and sugar in their diets. Others have begun using prescribed anti-anxiety medications that have helped control their symptoms. Still others suggest consulting with a gynecologist about hormone replacement therapy. A good therapist trained in anxiety management techniques may also help you to reclaim your confidence.

Your anxiety may recede with time as your body adjusts to the decreased hormone levels of menopause. But there is also a chance you will, like some women, live with anxiety the rest of your life. If this turns out to be the case, ask your medical team for management options. Whatever you do, do not surrender to it; if anxiety is keeping you from living your life, seek help.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other hysterectomy patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-06-2011 - 04:16 AM


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