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Has anyone experienced generalized anxiety disorder and severe depression due to perimenopausal?
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First Helper DianaCC
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replied April 24th, 2008
Menopause symptoms
I am one of the victim who experienced anxiety and depression in perimenopause.That really had bad impact on me.
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replied April 24th, 2008
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What did you do for it and how long did it last? Are you still experiencing it? Thanks for responding to my post.
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replied June 16th, 2009
I'm 55 and I'm going through menopause, with this I've had a ton of stress dumped on me for the last 4 yrs.I've always had some depression, but the anxiety seems worse.I've been on all kinds of anti depressants which haven't helped me much,plus the nasty side effects.I told my Dr forget it!! Now I do take Wellbutrin,it is good, no side effects I've experienced.I also take generic Xanax for when I'm going to flip out.My Dr recently suggested Buspar,have any of you taken this? I get my Rx tomorrow and start it.Please let me know if you've tried this,I've read mostly good things but, you never know till YOU try it.
I was having horrible hot flashes for like 2 yrs,it was hell!! and I can't take HRT.The flashes have calmed down now.
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replied June 16th, 2009
Community Volunteer
Good luck and I am so happy that you are finding something that is agreeable with you...This is not an easy time in life, but at least you are through the worst of it...

Caroline
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replied December 2nd, 2009
I am reading your comments, and I am concerned. I am 37. I have SUDDENLY been suffering from what doc calls anxiety disorder and perimenopause. My heart was checked, echo, stress test, about 6 months ago and all fine. Im on .25 xanax. Used to help but now all it seems to do is calm me while Im experiencing the crushing chest, palpitations, fear... I noticed Ive developed a 'disorder' while driving. And the only week of complete 100% relief is the week of my period, even tho it may only last a light 2 days. Is this normal?
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replied April 1st, 2011
wow my doctor wants to give me ativan and paxil it kept me up all night. I've been looking into vitamins and changing my diet I swear it's my hormones. I too wore a heart monitor and had an echo. Right before my period it's really bad. I take valerian root. and quit caffeine. I'm still searching for a cure since all my doc wants to do is give me drugs and not check my thyroid or believe it's something other than depression. I'm an 44 yr old overwhelmed working mom. I have noticed on a strict diet and with the vitamins I am better no sugar that really does me no good. I havent even opened the ativan. Can't wait to see my doc.
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replied July 22nd, 2012
perimenapause symptoms undiognosed
I know you posted this a while ago, but I hope this message makes it to you.

I just turned 45. I experienced perimenopause symptoms for several years before I found a doctor who whould listen to me.

My worst symptoms have been emotional, but I have always had depression. NOTHING like this. For several months, about a 1.5 years ago I experience the physical symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, slight confusion, anxiety, and sleeping about an hour or 2 a night (after taking ambian). I don't know why, perhaps because of my youthful appearance NO ONE would listen to me. I was back in college after a bad breakup, living in a very stressful home enviorment with my mother in a town where I had no friends. Everyone said it was stress and would get better. It didn't, it got worse. I graduated, moved back to Memphis, landed a good job (teaching 8th grade,which was also added stress), my life was almost untolerable. I would come home everyday and cry. I isolated myself and was overworked. Finally, (after seeing about 4 doctors, one who diognosed me as bipolar type 2, which I now know he came to that conclusion because of perimenopause symptoms, one told me there was nothing I could do if was hormones, but deal with it. He actually told me when his wife "went through the change she was a bi***, and ran the air a lot!, and one who told me there were no tests to check hormone levels, only tests to confirm menopause and I was having a very, very light period. Sometimes only dark blackish discharge that is old blood that you see after your cycle.

FINALLY a close friend refered me to her OBGYN. They did run tests and my hormone levels were very low, my estrogen was 12 when it should be a min. of 90! She put me on bioidentical hormones of estrogen and progestrone. I could tell an incredible difference before the day was over. I still have mood swings, some anxiety, but it is no where near what it was. I'm going back next week to check levels again.
As for Paxil, the first doctor put me on that and I gained 30 lbs. I take Klonipin for the anxiety and Wellbutrin. They help, but nothing was helping until I got the hormone levels better.
I hope this helps, I just don't want anyone to go through what I did for so long.
First, go to an OBYGYN and I recommend a female. I'm sure there are great male doctors, females relate better in my opinion.
Hope this might help some one.
Menna
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replied September 6th, 2012
Thank you Menna!!! Most of the time I know its my hormones that are making me the way I am but some of the time I actually wonder if I am slowly going mad! Sound a bit extreme I know but thats what it feels like. Over the last 18 months, I have changed so much in as much as on 2 occasions I have physically attacked my husband, stopped out over night because I have had a row, once at a hotel and once at my sister in laws. Drinking doesnt help though I have almost stopped even social drinking as I am scared to drink certain things. I have becoem totally irrational. I have felt scared and the confusion I seem to be having at the moment is exacerbatig this to the point of sheer bloody frustration!! I feel like Im caught in this viscious whirlwind, being hit at every angle, hitting out to try to protect myself! I am going through a grievance with my work and have been off sick for 5 months as I cant bear the thought of going into work. My daughter has had a baby, my step daughter may be carrying a child with DS, my son has told me today I am going to be a Grandma again. I do have good things going on in my life I know that but then because Im on a high, when something happens, I got knocked back down twice as far as before. I too have suffered with bouts of depression since the birth of my first son 27 years ago but this that I am experiencing NOW is nothing like what I have experienced before! I am totally scared this time. I am now of a frame of mind that I couldnt care less about anything or anyone. I feel so indifferent and redundant. I feel so lonely but want to be alone. I also am having very little sleep. Maybe 2 - 3 hours anight. The doctor has put me on Mertrazapine 7.5 - 15 mg a night rather than sleepers which are addictive. Im also on Venlofaxine twice a day. Ontop of that I take ranitadine for my rhumatism and bad back, senna for my constipation ( never ever had that before!) and evening primrose to try and help. Night sweat6s have returned the last few nights after being abscent for a couple of months but the hot flushes have slowed down. Just feel like crap basicly . Its heartening to know that Im not on my own Smile
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replied July 14th, 2013
I am desperately seeking a OBGYN (preferably a woman who specializes in menopause) who will run the hormone tests for my sister and have receive the bioidentical hormones the same day for immediate relief. Do you know of anyone in the Wisconsin or Minnesota area that would do this? The wellness clinics that we are pursuing claim that it takes time to run the blood or saliva test to figure out the hormone levels and then that it takes a few months to feel the effects.

Please reply asap!
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replied July 14th, 2013
I am desperately seeking a OBGYN (preferably a woman who specializes in menopause) who will run the hormone tests for my sister and have receive the bioidentical hormones the same day for immediate relief. Do you know of anyone in the Wisconsin or Minnesota area that would do this? The wellness clinics that we are pursuing claim that it takes time to run the blood or saliva test to figure out the hormone levels and then that it takes a few months to feel the effects.

Please reply asap!
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replied August 21st, 2014
Allina Clinic in Woodbury has Paula Westlund who "specializes" in Menopause. I just went to see her for my terrible perimenopausal symptoms. I don't know if she will give you same day fix but she is worth giving a visit too. She is extremely knowledgeable and has gone through it all herself. She put me on a low dose birth control for the heavy bleeding and crazy feelings as a start. She wants me to follow up after the pills start taking effect and will try another approach if this didn't work. Hope you find some relief.
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replied May 22nd, 2011
If you are just occasionally feeling this way I say try St Johns Wort and lay off the coffee on days with anxiety. I've been dealing with this for years (I'm 50). It comes and goes with my monthly cycle so I try to find natural ways to deal with it.
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replied March 5th, 2012
i was suffering major mood swings, angry one minute, sobbing my heart out the next, add panic attacks and constant anxiety and i thought i was going crazy..even contemplated suicide. Dr put me on fluvoxamine and sleeping pills and I was seeing a psychologist because everyone thought it was because of a relationship breakup over a year ago, but it just got worse, Finally I saw a gynecologist who specializes in menopause, who put me on HRT, within a day I was back to my old self. don't want to stay on it long term as I've been a smoker nearly 30 years(gave up recently)a friend suggested homeopathy and spiralina, which worked for her and her symptons were very similar. hope this helps someone.
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replied March 15th, 2012
i too have the same thing happen to me 3 weeks ago lots of anxiety and no sleep up all night walking the floors and thinking i am going crazy along with crazy thinking .this must be hormones and this puts a lot of stress on me .doctor gave something for the anxiety and for depression . i hate what is happening to me , but i will say i am now sleeping better and i am only taken the antidepression med with is at a low dose and i have only been on this meds for 4 days that why i say these hormones you never know which way they are going ...i can only hope and pray that they will level out soon .please note i have tried almost everything that is out there to help me i think it is time that will fixs the hormone nightmare..maybe we can support each other until this gets better
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replied October 11th, 2012
anxiety and pre menospausal
It's has been 3 months of expericing anxiety, I never though this could happen to me, I am 43, with a two year old baby who has a wonderful husband and great job. suddenly, I have experienced all the anxiety symptons, I only discovered this after I saw 4 different doctors, cardiologist, neourologist, endocrinologist and gastroenterologist,finally my OBY doctor told me that I am in the peak of the premenospausal,so I am taking birth control pills to stable and put my hormones level, it is jsut a month of this but I don;t see much relief, my anxiety is getting worse and I am always thinking that all the symptons I feel may be something else and not pre menospausal symptons, I am not sure if any of you have experienced this!!!!
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replied October 15th, 2012
I have the same symptoms you do I don't take medication because of the side effects; plus I have history of uterine cancer. During my periods my anxiety gets so bad I cant even get out of the house. I do some yoga and try to exercise at least 4 times a week; that helps me the rest of the month. During my period nothing seems to help so I am learning to take it easy and eat well. By the way I am also 43. My obgyn put me on birth control pills but my MD said to be careful because of my family history of cancer. I also have an ovarian cyst, endometriosis and a fibroid. Please let me if you find anything else that would help you with your symptoms I would really appreciate it.
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replied December 8th, 2012
Thyroid / High BP/ Menopause
I am 55 and still waiting to get through menopause which feels like it's taken 20 yrs. I have thyroid disease which I take synthroid for...over 15 yrs. and also have GAD since I was 18. Over the past 6 months I have developed incredible anxiety attacks that have caused me to be out of work 3 or 4 days at a time. I get shakes, sweats, disorientation and pain in my back and wrists. I thought it was a reaction to my synthroid but even having stopped taking it I have the anxiety. Doc tried to give me Effexor but it made me climb the walls...I have a small stash of xanax I keep just in case and I'm trying to work through this. My blood pressure has been high and I take meds for that also....sometimes I hate being a girl!!!
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replied July 4th, 2013
menopause severe
I'm suffering with menopause suffer with anxiety and depression. The thoughts that go threw my mind are debilitating. I'm married and have had alot of stress with his family. I cry alot and tried bioidentical progesterone but caused depression to be worse and I'm estrogen sensitive. My progesterone is low compared to estrogen. I'm turning toward antidepressants? I've had postpartum severe in "92" with my daughter who is know 22yrs old. Any suggestions?
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replied October 16th, 2013
Depression and Anxiety Life...
A good indicator of having anxiety and depression is if you've had it sometime in the past... like with the birth of a child, or even as a younger person starting with puberty.
I am now 56, and with the help of God, a loving family and lots of help, I am able to stay away from suicide. My depression started at age 7 and the anxiety started at about the same age. I didn't have any idea that was what I suffered from. It would come and go differing in intensity and lengths. I remember in Junior High that I had depression for 3 months straight. It finally let up. By High School, for some odd reason, I didn't have depression, but I did have an episode or two of short-lived anxiety attacks. I was living a very "busy" life, was sexually active, along with being a "party girl". Weird that I didn't suffer for about 7 or 8 years, until end of college. I met my hubby my Senior year and we got married. Was fine until the birth of 1st son. I had ''postpartum" depression pretty badly, but didn't know what to do about it. I finally told my GYN, and he said it would pass as soon as my hormones got back to normal. It was He** going through it, and scared me out of my mind; but it did even out afterwards. I was doing fine, and we decided to finish out our family with one more child. I had a little girl, and everything went great. I thought all the depression and anxiety was behind me forever... boy was I ever wrong!!! When she was about 2 years old, I started having bouts of depression and anxiety... which would subside when I would ovulate. Went to my general doc crying all the time while explaining my symptoms. He said I had depression and anxiety and started me on low dose (25 mgs.) Amitryptaline and .25 mgs of Xanax. I felt horrible and wanted to die those first 6 months, but by God's grace, I made it through and started to feel better. He upped my anti-depressant every 2 months to where I got to feeling like my old self (almost). I was on these 2 meds for 4 years until we moved to a different state, for my hubby's job. ( I was a stay at home mom.) I gained roughly 40 pounds through this time period, and made me feel poorly about my looks. Went to a new doc, an actual psychiatrist, and was switched from amitryptaline to Lexapro, and given Xanax along with Klonapin on my really bad days. I lost about 15 pounds, felt so much better, and this worked like a charm for 25 years until they all stopped working. When started peri-menopause, I would have long periods of depression and anxiety. Tried different anti-depressants, to no avail. Last year I had 11 electric shock treatments to pull me out of suicidal depressive thoughts. Lost my short term memory for 6 months afterward. I have most of it back, now. I had major/total hysterectomy a few months ago, with some re-constructive surgery to the bladder. Was put on estradiol(estrogen gel), Zemeron,(anti-depressant) at night, Clonazapam (anti-anxiety) and Lexapro (anti-depressant) for daytime. I had to stop teaching high school a few years ago due to the side affects, and do not get disability for any of this. Thank our LORD my hubby makes enough to support us! I am still fighting depression/anxiety everyday, and am praying that something, someone, somehow will come up with "brain-mood- analyzers" and treatments/remedies for this terrible disease that I wouldn't wish on any human being. Thanks for reading my life story:)
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replied October 29th, 2013
Hi all. I am a newbie on this forum, and on any forum. I am soon to be 53 years old, on tamoxifen, and perimenopausal. Although I have always had a history of anxiety, lately it has been much worse. Life is great and I am not depressed in any way. I attend college full time, just got remarried a year ago to a wonderful man, moved into a new home and community and had a new grandbaby. Its a lot, but its all good things. Sometimes I become touchy, emotional, and cry easily for no reason. At other times its physical symptoms, like IBS with constipation and cramping, sweating, lack of appetite, fatigue, headaches and joint pain. Its mostly the IBS and emotionality that are bothersome. I cant take HRT because of a history of breast cancer. I know exercising and weaning off caffeine is what I need to do also. Sometimes it feels like no one else is going through this. They hide it well! I still have periods about every 3-4 months. Do my symptoms sound "normal" to anyone else, especially the anxiety??? Thanks for letting me vent! I feel better already!
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replied October 29th, 2013
Hi all. I am a newbie on this forum, and on any forum. I am soon to be 53 years old, on tamoxifen, and perimenopausal. Although I have always had a history of anxiety, lately it has been much worse. Life is great and I am not depressed in any way. I attend college full time, just got remarried a year ago to a wonderful man, moved into a new home and community and had a new grandbaby. Its a lot, but its all good things. Sometimes I become touchy, emotional, and cry easily for no reason. At other times its physical symptoms, like IBS with constipation and cramping, sweating, lack of appetite, fatigue, headaches and joint pain. Its mostly the IBS and emotionality that are bothersome. I cant take HRT because of a history of breast cancer. I know exercising and weaning off caffeine is what I need to do also. Sometimes it feels like no one else is going through this. They hide it well! I still have periods about every 3-4 months. Do my symptoms sound "normal" to anyone else, especially the anxiety??? Thanks for letting me vent! I feel better already!
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replied November 3rd, 2013
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sweetpea - Your symptoms sound fairly typical for perimenopause. But the tamoxifen may also be exacerbating symptoms since it blocks estrogen. The odd thing is that it blocks estrogen to the breasts but not to the endometrium yet the documented side effects mimic some menopausal symptoms.
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replied November 24th, 2014
I don't know what to tell anyone this menopause is the worse. I don't know how long I can bear it my face is discolored and dry all broken out with rashes, acne and hives. I itch all the time I look like a Monster., heart palpitations, chest pain and breathing problems. Anxiety is so severe I can't breathe my hair is dry and started to fall out.. I am always hot I can't sleep. I keep my air conditioner on. Facial hair my chin has black marks from bumps. I can't even see my fianc for the holidays fear that if he sees me the wedding will be called off. I am supposed to get married in 16 months I feel like giving up taking my life, but the only thing that keeps me going is my son. I guess I will just be an ugly monster until it runs its course or a cure is found. I pray for all women who are suffering with this. As I type my face is steady itching and breaking out with large bumps at my hairline and chin. This is all day everyday for the past month. Tears are falling from my eyes. God Hep Me,!!! Why?
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