Menopause Symptoms - Panic Disorder

What is the link between Menopause and Panic Disorder?

The fluctuation of your hormones at menopause, estrogen & progesterone, can cause feelings of anxiety or depression. Some women develop a panic disorder during menopause as a result of physical stresses such as peri-menopause and menopause.

Panic attacks and panic disorders are brief but intense bouts of anxiety.  Having a panic attack does not mean you have a panic disorder, but frequent attacks may be a sign of panic disorder. The likelihood of you having a panic disorder can be linked to your family history, for example, if any other family member suffers from anxietry. It is also dependant on how sensitive you are to fluctuating hormones 

Possible treatments for menopause-related anxiety can include hormones, hormone therapy, antidepressants, psychotherapy, or supplements for better mood.

Top tips to help with Menopausal Panic:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective as a treatment for menopause. St. John's wort has long been an alternative treatment for menopausal mood swings, improved sleep, relaxation, and reduced depression and anxiety.

Understand your triggers If you can understand your triggers, you can get in front of them and possibly lessen or stop them from developing into an attack. 

Seek Help As always, seek advice fro your GP or medical practitioner