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Menopause Mood Swings

Menopause Mood Swings

If you are happy one moment and crying hysterically over some small upset the next, you might be having menopause mood swings.

Mood Swings Can Be Misdiagnosed

Menopause mood swings can be diagnosed by the uniformed as bipolar disorder, take heart. It's just your hormones and you are probably visiting the wrong doctor.

Menopause comes with a plethora of lousy symptoms as your body attempts to go into the next phase of your life - depression, anxiety and panic attacks, feelings of agoraphobia.

People tend to attribute only hot flashes to the "change of life" and this could not be further from the truth.

Extreme mood swings are often accompanied by anxiety and can be quite frightening if you aren't knowledgeable and prepared.

Treating Mood Swings In Menopause

Some things can be done to lower the incidents of sudden tears or sudden laughter without checking yourself into the nearest loony bin.

You are not nuts; you are simply having a hormonal moment. You may as a result of this ongoing process, develop quite a facility to laugh at yourself heartily.

I have a friend who had breast cancer and the gene that would give her ovarian cancer. So, she decided to get rid of the ovarian problem after going through breast cancer.

Well, she was not prepared for the number of symptoms that tromped into her life. It was laugh or cry, scream or just tell people - "I'm not crazy, it's just the menopause".

Learn to laugh at yourself and let folks in on the joke. Given a reason beyond lunacy, most people will chuckle at your laughing or crying and wait for it to pass.

The Menopause Emotional Disconnect

One thing that eliminate and alleviates a lot of the anxiety is not to pull away from people, but to let them know what's going on.

Everyone has either been through it themselves or had a mother who suddenly went slightly nuts - so nobody is unfamiliar with the change.

Believe it or not, this is exactly the same hormonal disconnect that occurs when you were premenstrual; it was really intense when you were a young woman. Guess what, it's just as intense now that you are a mature woman.

Recognize that mood swings are kind of natural and if you can make a joke of it with yourself, while it won't go away, it will be a bit easier.

In one study it was reported that as many as 80% of perimenopausal women developed mood disturbances. So you are in good company.

Emotional Menopause Symptoms

Natural Treatments And Remedies

The current crop of popular media is awash with advertising about herbal remedies for depression and mood swings which only further points out that increasing numbers of Americans are seeking relief from this disorder by using natural medicines.

These herbal remedies have been shown to offer significant gains in relief from this more natural treatment approach.

Vitamin B6 and the B-complex vitamins are essential for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin which is the mood enhancer in your brain.

Herbal medicines may not be enough. You may need to seek professional help. There's no disgrace in taking a pill and getting on with your life.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that serves as one of the body's natural mood-enhancers.

Your family physician may need to prescribe an antidepressant like Prozac®, Zoloft®, and Paxil® act, to help enhance the levels of serotonin.

There's no reason to simply lock yourself up because you're crying one minute and laughing like a madwoman the next.

There are both natural and prescription drugs which will assist you in getting a handle on your moods swings during these challenging time.

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Menopause Mood Swings
Author Tanna Mayer
Updated January 6, 2013

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