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Irritability And Menopause

Irritability And Menopause

Mood swings and bursts of anger can mark passage into and through the menopause process.

While occasional irritability is normal and natural based on the events going on around you, long term irritability for women during their middle years can cause problems and prove to be very interruptive and confusing. 

This is usually significant and comes with other symptoms when it's hormonally driven through menopause.

Other symptoms can include sleep and eating disorders, withdrawal and depression which if they begin to affect relationships, job performance and friendships, you might need to seek professional help.

Sometimes, it becomes necessary to consult your doctor for professional help. Irritability can be just the tip of the iceberg that can occur during menopause.

You can find yourself suddenly morose, crying for no reason and without provocation. You can also have a ton of "anger" issues which can develop during menopause.

Anger And Menopause Rage

These can be differentiated from normal anger in that there is no apparent reason, and you can simply find yourself reacting inappropriately in certain situations.

The anger can be totally out of normal bounds, coming close to "rage". While it is scary, you must realize that it is called by hormonal changes.

Natural Treatments Irritability

If it isn't exaggerated and affecting your life significantly, you need to give yourself permission to get pissed off when the situation calls for it.

With women, this is often hard to do as we've been trained to temper our reactions with modesty and moderation.

In a recent study it was shown that women get angry just like men, but when it comes to asserting that anger, women are less likely to step forward.

In the 21st century, this is a throwback to an earlier time that needs to be overcome.

Emotional Menopause Symptoms

Expressing Anger

So, the next time you're angry, express it. Just be mindful of how far you go in that it doesn't become hormonal driven rage.

"The taboos against women feeling and expressing anger are so powerful that even knowing when we are angry is not a simple matter."

That's what psychologist and psychotherapist Harriet Goldhor Lerner, Ph.D., writes in her popular self-help book, The Dance of Anger.

Because of this, during the particularly stressful period of menopause, women are more susceptible to pent up anger that wasn't expressed at the correct time.

There is research that supports Cox's conclusions. Studies -- including one published in "Annals of Behavioral Medicine" -- link women's suppressed anger to a variety of medical problems including heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, high blood pressure and even certain cancers.

This is all exacerbated during menopause, and researchers have even linked it to depression in women. This can be expressed with a continuous low level feeling of ill will towards the world.

What this means is, that irritability, while part of menopause is also a sign of unexpressed anger. To decrease it means recognizing that it is hormonally driven and expressing feelings of anger at the correct time.

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Irritability And Menopause
Author Tanna Mayer
Updated January 6, 2013

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