As already stated here, anxiety & even panic attacks ARE very common in peri/meno women. Go read the thread, "Peri-M and need something for anxiety!!!;" as we've been talking about that very issue there with some good suggestions for relief. Good luck to you!
I suffer from Anxiety Disorder, ......... but this menopause thing has me 100 times worse!!! I can tell the difference and it is a battle for me. That is why I am online right now... trying to get my mind off of things that are bothering me and trying to keep my mind going and busy.
I suffer a panic disorder too and am wondering if you take anything for it? I found paxil works very well for myself (it is specifically designed to combat anxiety as well as depression). And I have tried several others (one made me feel like a zombie, another made me crave carb's and I gained a lot of weight, and yet another even made me feel suicidal while on it, eke! And I've never been that way my whole life)! However, since we are all unique, what works good for one person may not for another.
I've realized taking this has also been helping me with peri-meno anxiety, specifically after reading what other peri women are suffering. While I do still get very minor anxiety (only since peri started), I find it to be nothing big (as like in the past). However, if you are taking something for your panic disorder, there are other options. Like trying a different medication, upping your dosage, or adding something natural like L-Theanine (a calming herb, also used to help sleep problems).
All suggestions for you to consider. I know what panic/anxiety feels like and it is definitely no picnic! I hope you find relief, feel better soon, and know you're not alone! Take care & God bless, ~Karen
Good Morning!!! I am on a Fluoxetine-a generic form of Prozac. I take 80 mg.-the maximum dosage. It really does not seem to work much anymore. I was on Effexor, but that was just too much for me (the side effects). I have Oaxapam (sp?) to take for Anxiety.... but I do not want to take it too often. I am afraid of getting addicted to it. Plus I do not have Insurance and have to pay for all of my medications.
I just looked up the L-Theanine you and others suggested, so I think I will try to go to look for it tomorrow. I would like to try that.
Thank you for all of your posts and suggestions. I really like having a place to come to and knowing I am not alone and I am not going crazy.
I too am suffering with anxiety. I was put on effexor and it does seem to help. I do still get panic attacks, but I've gotten to the point where I can work my way through them by just calming myself and breathing through it. They won't hurt you and as awful as they feel, if you can just get your mind around the awfulness of it and breath, you'll get there!!
Thank you for sharing that tweezer, good stuff! And to Carolyn (1 of my sis's names also, lol), Prozac is the one that made me feel like a zombie! It did help at first, but then later the side-effects outweighed the goodness of it. This is just my personal experience.
There's also a thing called "a here & now check," that a counselor I had years ago taught me. When in panic/anxiety mode, you're to sit down and state everything that's in the room in your mind (to stop the mind chatter, which I call "the committee, lol). And to deep breath, always going back to what's in the room (& not in your mind). It's all about focusing on the present moment, to stop thinking about all the "what if's" and the projecting into the future. This does take practice. And now I've gotten to the point where I just tell the "committee" to shut up, lol!
Good luck to both of you and God bless, ~Karen
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