Anxiety and depression during menopause

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Avatar n tn I started early in menopause. I started into menopause in my twenties. I had a hysterectomy and had one ovary removed. I have not gained weight as long as I keep exercising. I had to start on estrogen and then both estrogen and testosterone(estratest). I only noticed the hot flashes. I was irritable but it was for other reasons, not menopausal.
Avatar f tn Some women experience no symptoms or some have many such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fuzzy memory, aches and more. While they say that a woman will often have the same ease or trouble their mother had at the time, for me that has not been true. My mother and half sister both went smoothly and easily into menopause with almost no symptoms but I've been hit extremely hard with perimenopause.
Avatar n tn I wanted to learn how to cope with the anxiety and depression, which I know is related to my menstral cycle, but all the therapist appears interested in is the marijuanna addiction. I know smoking pot also causes anxiety and depression, but that is not what is suddenly causing my to be unable to function. I want to quit pot as well, but if I try when I am this emotionally unstable I know it won't work.
Avatar f tn I actually do feel so much better and the reason is this..I was taking Remeron for depression and anxiety and sleeping. Still, I felt so incredibly depressed and anxious so I starting weaning myself off it. Within 3 weeks I started feeling amazingly better. I don't have as much awful anxiety, I am not really depressed any more. I have more energy and things are going well. I am exercising and enjoying school. My husband got a job so things are better. NOT ONCE did my doc.
Avatar n tn I have been on so many meds for depression and anxiety over the last 25 years and have become frustrated because nothing seems to work for me. I was ok for about a month or so and now my life is hell. I really have no friends to speak of, I live alone at least 1000 miles from all of my family. My life is miserable. I have been better and know I can be again but I need help. I know my situation is a combination of depression and menopause.
Avatar f tn They feel like the very same that i had when i was in the Menopause,which i consider i finished about 4 yrs ago' I am a long time Sufferer of Anxiety/Depression/Panic Attacks and i think my Doctor blames this for these horrible Sweats. But i am not convinced that hes right about this? Im leaning more towards Hormone/Menopause problems Still :((( Has anyone got an opinion/suggested answer for me please??
1710279 tn?1314104529 I went to my doctor and she seem to think it was anxiety and depression from loosing my father 5 months earlier. She put me on Wellbutrin XL which seem to help for a while. (but I don't recommend it ) I went back and asked if it could be premenopause symptoms. She done hormone testing and all of it came back normal. I was still very nervous and depressed. Well then I started having the chest pains. Scared me to death.
331213 tn?1217168431 Also, since it doesnt sound like you have benefited from SSRI's in the past (these tend to work best when anxiety is SECONDARY to depression, not the other way around and can sometimes make anxiety worse) and these also typically take about 6 weeks to "kick in" anyway this probably wouldn't be the best option for you for treating your anxiety BUT if you are at high risk for PPD this is something your doctor may want to start you on at this time.
Avatar f tn For some women, perimenopause and menopause can be a time of increased anxiety and depression, especially if there was some anxiety and depression ahead of time. This can be caused by variety of things ranging from thyroid disease, to life circumstances. It can also be due to the lowering of estrogen levels that can have a worsening effect on sleep. Usually, the blood test FSH goes up as menopause comes closer.
Avatar f tn I was diagnosed with depression, social anxiety back in 2004, and anxiety years ago. I am a 47 year old woman that felt attractive up until this year. October 2009 I got unengaged and became a mess. It's been 1 year and I can't seem to move on with my life. I haven't been able to sleep at night. I am so lost, lonely, moody. I don't want to be around people. I look and feel a mess no matter what I do. My hair is dry, breaking, and thinning, headaches, I have no energy, no life.
Avatar n tn Now I just try to relax and breathe nice and slow and not let anxiety take hold or fear fill my head.In the last two years of my world of palps. they seem to have changed to more pvcs where you get the feeling of a skipped beat then just a extra beat.Does not feel good when you get a cluster of these in a row. My ekg is even reading abnormal T wave but they say ok its normal,then why does the print out read abnormal? But I have to trust them. If they were to give out wrong info.
125112 tn?1217277462 Earlier last year, I suffered from an extreme bout of anxiety and later, mild depression. I did not take any medication. I did have my TSH level checked (2.1) and while it was suggested that it should be monitored, in the meantime, am assuming (as well as my doctor) that I have a hormonal imbalance (irregardless as to why), which has been happening for over a year. Naturally, in the begining, we didn't suspect it.
684468 tn?1229540020 You had mentioned to me about seeing a sleep specialist if I was suffering from depression or anxiety. I was wondering if and how this problem can be related to anxiety? I suffer from anxiety and take pills to help manage it. I had not taken any pills in the past 3 weeks, however, because I only like to use them when absolutely necessary. Thanks!
Avatar n tn i also experience depression, anxiety and occassional dizziness, and terrible insomnia. i work full time and raise my son. there are days i want to just crawl in a hole & not come out i feel so horrible emotionally...last month i collapsed from sleep deprivation. now the up-side..i have had a healthy diet for many years, but recently started taking flax seed and chinese herbs for women (**** quai, black cohosh, peony etc).
Avatar f tn Depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, and may indicate a need for adjustment in your medication. Many of us have suffered depression/anxiety when hypo. I, personally, was on anti-anxiety med for about a year; no longer need it. Please post your most current lab results, so members can better assess your testing/treatment. You should be getting test from Free T3, Free T4 and TSH every time you have labs.
Avatar n tn When we oversimplify complicated life processes into diagnostic labels like depression and insomnia, we lose the real opportunity to do something successfully. Depression, anxiety and insomnia are symptoms of distress. They come in dynamic patterns. If you are sleep deprived and then sleep well because of a medication, your mood and energy and self confidence will increase, as they have. If something bothers you enough and keeps you up, the medications won't work and the cycle starts again.
Avatar f tn Your thyroid isn't optimally treated which isn't expected since you just started 3 weeks ago. The stated "conventional" treatment for hypothyroidism is to aim for a TSH is between 0.5 - 2mU/L. As symptoms rule the show this is just one lab to take into account. Many feel their best with free T3 and free T4 in the upper end of the reference range. All antidepressants have the black box warning of suicidal thoughts and actions.
Avatar f tn I keep thinking if i just get pregnant i'll feel great again but im nervous that the anxiety/panic attacks/depression will continue through the next pregnancy and I wouldn't want to do that to myself/baby. The past week I've felt horrible. I just have an out of it feeling, confused, nervous, panicky, can't concentrate, bad memory, etc. i am a stay at home mom and my husband has been traveling 8 out of the past 9 weeks which isn't helping either.
Avatar n tn I agree with jennifer on the second opinion. But, I have to tell you something about what happened to me at that age.(now i'm 51) When I hit 44, my mind also did some crazy things. Everyone said it was the "change" Ok, I accepted it, went on my crazy way. But, after a considerable amount of time enough was enough and I went to see a dr., He agreed too that the "change" was for sure part of it, and also depression/anxiety/panic/hypothyroid/ you name it.
Avatar n tn I am 54 years old and having a difficult time losing weight. During the past 8-9 months, I have not been able to continue my typical exercise regimen due to knee pain and surgery. As a result, I have gained the nine pounds I lost and added 7 more.Approximately two weeks ago, I started to exercise again, managing to workout four days each week, although no change in weight. Any suggestions?
Avatar f tn Personally, it took me probably a total of 5 months to *really* get myself back from the anxiety and depression (my main concern was the anxiety). Every now and then I'll have a mild bout of anxiety or depression, but it has gotten so so so much better. I saw the biggest difference after just one week off the pill, so I hope you will experience at least the same relief right away.
Avatar f tn I had a really bad bout of anxiety back in Feburary and was on Lexapro for about a month. I got off of it and have been been keeping my anxiety well under control despite stressful situations for the past couple of months. Well yesterday, I was at home and started to feel jittery/nervous. I started to do things just to keep myself busy and my mind off of it but it didn't work. I got really jittery and caved and took a half of Ativan just to calm my nerves.
1258539 tn?1293843802 My brain feels so weird. I have extreme anxiety and depression. Sometimes not taking a shower for three days. Have no energy to do anything. I have constant thoughts of something being really wrong with me. I am currently taking xanax up to 3.5mg a day. On no anti-depressant. I have tried the bio identical troche since January. Not bringing up my levels at all! I don't know what the hell to do! I literally feel like I need to be hospitalized because I don't feel myself at all.
Avatar n tn Shortly after I started losing my hair, getting headaches that I never use to get and having night sweats, I blew it off for hormones leveling out from just having a baby, by fall my symptoms included fatigue, weight loss, anxiety, depression, and mood swings, I chaulked this up to working full time, having 3 kids under 4 and taking care of my mother who was suddenly ill and then passed.
1410068 tn?1282732767 There are a couple of sx that you listed that are common with menopause and they are memory problems and concentration. At this point, I would request to speak to the Dr. instead of the PA with a list of questions in hand once you get your test results and can put together a full package. Hope others chime in. Keep strong!
Avatar n tn Last summer was rough, incessant hot flashes, waking up several times a night drenched with sweat, anxiety bordering on paranoia, and if I wasn’t crying like a baby, I was an intolerable grouch, especially with my husband. The funny part is that a lot of times I knew I was being unreasonable, but I just couldn’t help being snappy! I went on HRT for four months. It did help with those issues, but I couldn’t handle what it was doing to my body.
1335749 tn?1277373021 However, when our thoughts convince our rational minds that these symptoms are scary and dangerous, we create an anxiety cycle. Anxiety consists of more than fight or flight reactions acting by themselves. Unproductive thoughts play a critical role in creating and perpetuating the anxiety we experience. Our thoughts convert fight or flight reactions into anxiety, and a self-perpetuating cycle begins.
Avatar n tn It helps a lot, but I still have anxiety, thouughts of doom and gloom, depression, low libido and other stuff. I hope that with the time my hormone levels will be more balanced, so my life would be more normal again..
Avatar f tn I also take an anti-anxiety med and sleeping pills as needed. I haven't had any side effects on these medications, and I have low blood pressure already (and had fears of starting Abilify) I have read/heard that people don't all respond positively to this med, but for me, it's the right fit. Good luck finding your combo, and remember to listen to your body and talk to your doctor! They don't know what you're feeling unless you tell them.
446896 tn?1237806342 Hey all, I have talked to a few women my age (25-35 range) and they were put on birth control pills for their anxiety & depression. One is taking Yaz and another is wearing the patch. I have also had it said to me many times that the sudden onset of this more extreme anxiety that I have been experiencing the last few months, in addition to the fact that I'm broke out like a 16 year-old, might very well be a hormonal imbalance---too much estrogen maybe.