Menopause can give rise to anxiety, depression and mood swings. Talking through your concerns can give you time to acknowledge your experiences and feel heard.
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Menopause is a natural stage in life when a woman experiences changes in her hormone levels. There is ongoing debate as to whether physical changes may impact emotional well-being or external factors or both. Women can experience, maybe for the first time, anxiety, depression or extreme swings in mood. This can feel very distressing and confusing and may occur alongside physical symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, brain fog, migraine/headaches, aches and pains, irritated skin, weight gain and difficulty sleeping.
How you react to menopause can be influenced by many factors including the age when you experience menopause, mental and physical health, current circumstances. “Keeping a lid” on your feelings can result in emotional outbursts, feeling short-tempered and a sense of not being in control of your own emotions. Unexpressed feelings can lead to low mood, anxiety and depression and physical signs of stress such as tight muscles, back pain, digestive problems and headaches or migraines.
If you are struggling with issues related to menopause or unrelated issues that your experience at the same time as menopause, talking through your concerns can help.
It can give you time to reflect on current issues and space to explore unresolved past experiences.