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We know that anxiety is something that affects most people at some time or other. With women it is more common that men, in fact it is twice as common. Hormonal imbalance brought about by hormone changes through menopause which is something that all women will experience although not all menopausal women will experience the same symptoms. In the USA alone more than 40 million people are suffering from an anxiety disorder in some from or other. Women who experience anxiety during menopause need to understand anxiety and its causes how to get the appropriate relief whilst going through menopause.

So, what is our understanding of anxiety?
Research suggests that anxiety is a cognitive or psychological condition whereby a person experiences constant nervousness. Sometimes neurotic thoughts that affect daily life to the point that it becomes almost impossible to carry out even basic tasks without a nagging fear or nervousness can be considered anxiety as well. There are numerous categories of anxiety which include:

Social Anxiety Disorder which is very common, affecting millions of people. This is equally common among women and men often beginning in the early teens. It is typically characterized by symptoms of persistent worry about common everyday things.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which affects a fairly low percentage of people. Less than 1%

Panic Disorder which affects women more than men. In fact, women are twice as likely as men to experience panic disorder.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder where again, women are twice as likely to experience this type of anxiety and it is the most common among mature women. It can come about even without preceding activating factors. It can be for a prolonged period of time and can be recurrent with accompanying feelings of dire worry which can result in other symptoms both emotional physical.
Other anxiety disorders include, major depressive disorder, post traumatic distress disorder, specific phobias and persistent depressive disorder.

What are the Symptoms and Causes of Anxiety?
Symptoms of anxiety can include feeling sad or becoming stressed easily, constantly worry with your daily activities and life in general being affected. Uncertainty about the future is common and relationships with others become strained. It can immobilise you to the point that you just can’t see to get motivated or cope with work or every day activities. A feeling of nervousness and irritability, leading to lack of concentration. For some people a constant feeling of impending disaster, having trouble relaxing, where you make wake up in the night with a sudden feeling of despair, nervousness and fear. Falling asleep can become difficult.

You may experience panic attacks, shortness of breath, racing heart and even dizziness as a result of a panic attack. Just the worry about a panic attack reoccurring can bring on further anxiety. Further symptoms may include, apprehension, feeling of danger or doom, powerlessness, memory loss, difficulty concentrating or thinking with your mind constantly racing or dwelling on your fears. You may also experience racing heart, rapid breathing, dry mouth, choking, sweating or trembling.

Women experiencing menopause, pre – menopause or peri – menopause usually suffer from anxiety and other symptoms as a result in the decline of hormones such as Oestrogen which can be related to panic attacks or progesterone which is associated with anxiety. It is likely your declining hormones that are the cause although there can be other reasons; psychological and medical. Statistics point to a large number of women who allow too much time to go by before seeking the help that is available. It is important to speak help and speak with medically qualified practitioners. Do not suffer in silence.

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