Menopause and Panic Attacks
Menopause panic attacks may come as a shock to women who are experiencing the first symptoms associated with menopause. Generally speaking, symptoms can begin during perimenopause at age 35 (or younger).
Perimenopause begins at the time of the earliest hormonal changes and lasts through the conclusion of a woman’s menstrual cycle (menses). As a possible point of interest, it can be noted that menopause panic attacks are much more common in western cultures.
Panic attacks are associated with a number of hormonal changes, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), perimenopause, and menopause. Hormonal changes may be at the root cause of the anxiety or acerbate the condition. Self-exploration and a better understanding of these hormonal changes may (in itself) help to ameliorate or moderate the intensity of these feelings of anxiety.
The transition into menopause might be made with less life disruptions with treatment for panic disorder if an early and accurate diagnosis or referral is made. Perimenopausal women, as well as family physicians need to be aware of the possibility of co-occurring condition such as panic disorder at this transition. This is significant for perimenopausal women where the possibility of co-occurring panic disorder may exist, especially when early intervention is important (if there is to be a promising long-term prognosis).
Adult women who are going through or approaching menopause should be aware that the hormonal imbalances within their bodies can be directly responsible for panic attacks.
Effective preventative measures can involve a number of steps. This is especially true during the transitional phase into menopause if medications are currently in use to mollify the onset of panic attacks. Dosage levels may need to be upped in order to avoid additional complications.
Women are also at a higher risk of developing chronic panic disorder with the percentage of this risk increasing during menopause. Some have suggested that It may be (of greater) importance for any woman experiencing frequent panic attacks coupled with menopause symptoms, to seek help from a medical professional.
Traditional forms of hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been used to treat stress, anxiety, and menopause panic attack. (It has been suggested) that the main purpose of hypnosis with regards to anxiety is to provide the individual’s unconscious or subconscious mind with suggestions on how to relax. Relaxation and imagery techniques are also commonly taught to help those who suffer from panic disorder to alleviate symptoms of panic attacks (while they are actually experiencing them).
Other treatments used have been cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as natural anxiety treatments.
It should be noted that medications (used to treat anxiety or panic attacks) have been viewed as both a help and a hindrance. Due to the fact that many anti-anxiety medications interfere with learning and can cause memory loss, most participants express the desire to be off these medications as quickly as possible.
The backlash against these types of treatment plans and mind-altering drugs continue as more natural, plant-based alternatives become available.
The active ingredients in FemFlax® have been clinically tested to be safe and effective at managing menopause symptoms, including mood swings, anxiety attacks, hot flashes, and night sweats.