| | Thank heaven I found this site
I'll make this as brief as I can. I'm 51 and a little over 2 years ago, out of the blue, I started having exteme anxiety for the first time in my life. I went to my family Dr. sure that there was something terrible wrong. She tried me on a couple of different anti-anxiety and depression drugs unit we found something I could tolerate. Did ok for a couple of years with the Effexor. With a change in jobs and insurance, I decided to wean myself off it. Lo and behold 2 months go by and I have my first period in 6 months. The anxiety kicked in with all the bells and whistles. I was drepressed and exhausted and sure this was that precursor to a massive heart attack or something.....Then I found this message board and realized that this is perimenopause and that I'm probably not dying or crazy, just hormonal. I went to a new gyno and she checked my thyroid to rule that out and said based on my age and symptons I need hrt. I have been on it for 1 week and feel 90% better. I've taken the occasional 1/2 of a .5 mg lorazepam to get me thru (left over from 2 yrs ago). I've also tried some homeopathic stuff that seems to help but makes me a litte drowsy, and last but not least I prayed alot! My main point here is to say thank you to all of you who have shared your stories. I've read and reread them everday and I had to register with the site so I could tell you all how much you have helped me. I'll continue to read the new postings with the hope that I can help someone too.