Anxiety Attacks and Perimenopause

Published: 03rd March 2009
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Perimenopause worsen existing anxiety disorders and bring it to the surface. In fact, a woman who frequently experience anxiety and depression in her perimenopause period will likely to suffer worse cases of anxiety during menopause stage. In other words, anxiety attacks and perimenopause or menopause almost always go hand in hand.

This is due to the hormone imbalances and life changes during perimenopause and menopause which often lead to stress and depression thus heightening the risk of anxiety attacks. Some negative thoughts and attitudes of women that cause stress and depression: fear of becoming older, facing unwanted responsibilities, reacting negatively to intolerant husbands who might insist on sex, feeling of unimportant, coping with all the physical changes, etc.

Women with high self-confidence and self-esteem usually have lesser chances to suffer anxiety and depression. However, if life-long disproportions have not been put right before, perimenopause may exacerbate the circumstances.

Some anxiety symptoms that may occur during anxiety attacks in menopause and perimenopause include panic attacks, panting, extreme tiredness, feeling confused, cold sensation, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, hot flashes and nausea.

Below are some tips to help you in dealing with anxiety attacks and symptoms of anxiety:

Intake a balance diet
  • Reduce the intake of sugar, alcohol, caffeine and soft drinks.
  • Both caffeine and alcohol disrupt sleep. In the long term, this usually cause anxiety symptoms.
  • Consume complex carbohydrates. Sufficient amount of complex carbohydrates make you stay full longer and help eliminating stress and anxiety.
  • Drink a lot at least eight glasses of water daily to prevent fatigue, headaches and stress.
  • Make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals from your diet include calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-6, iron, potassium, selenium and chromium.

Exercise regularly
Exercise regularly relaxes your body and alleviates stress which in turn reduces anxiety symptoms. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.

Do things that you enjoy
Do things that you enjoy will help you to relax and diminish stress such as chat with a friend, listen to music, play music, read a book, walk around, etc.

Get some good sleep
Try to get some good sleep when you're feeling anxious and stress to relax your body and mind.

Maintain a positive attitude
Negative attitude and feeling will only ruin your day, so try to keep a positive attitude regardless of so many external forces come to you.

For some pre menopausal women who fail to deal with stress and anxiety effectively, they may need to go through therapy with a therapist in order to get back their loss life.

In worse cases, some women may need anxiety prescriptions to relieve and protect them from the enervating results of stress and extreme emotional distress. Anxiety prescriptions usually vary in the dosage and desired results. Some of anxiety prescriptions that may be given to the patient include benzodiazepines for temporary relief of anxiety symptoms and non-bensodiazepines that help patient to reach a relaxed condition.

Anxious is one of individual's natural reactions to life distresses and problems thus there's nothing wrong to feel anxious sometimes. However, it becomes abnormal when your worry and concern prevent you from living a definite life you would otherwise have. If this is the case, you should do something about it and never let anxiety attacks and perimenopause get over you. Change your life, eat a balance diet, exercise regularly, maintain good habits, stay focus only on positive things in life, and get help from a good therapist when needed.

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