Although panic disorders can affect people of both genders, affecting nearly six million people in the United States alone annually, women are nearly twice as susceptible to these conditions than are men. This is because panic disorders are most often brought about by the physical and emotional changes that occur during hormonal transition.
Signs of Menopausal Panic DisordersPanic disorders most often manifest as physical sensations of distress and anxiety. An inability to catch your breath, physical weakness, exhaustion, fatigue and an accelerated heartbeat are just a few of the most common physical side effects associated with menopausal panic disorders. Fortunately there is a number of ways you can reduce menopause paranoia. Through lifestyle and dietary alterations and alternative remedies, you will notice a definite improvement of your panic disorders during menopause. Less side effects equates to a much more tolerable transition into the non-reproductive phase of female life.
Depending upon the side effects present, anxiety can be classified as several different disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder, for example, is characterized by needless worry and seemingly inexplicable fear. OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, is also sometimes a product of menopause and is characterized by certain phobias and a preoccupation with annoyances of little significance. Social phobia is also incredibly common among middle-aged women. Extreme self-consciousness, worry regarding social interactions and a desire to avoid embarrassment at all costs characterize this inhibiting condition.
Panic disorders are a form of anxiety that induce feelings of dread and fear that seem to arise spontaneously. Although panic can result from traumatic isolated events from the past, PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is not a product of hormonal fluctuations or estrogen deficiency.
What are panic disorders?
Any type of panic disorder is a seemingly spontaneous and intense feeling of fear and panic, first identified by researchers in 1980. The study that published its findings regarding panic disorders found that they could be classified into three major groups:
• Spontaneous panic attacks
• Specific panic attacks
• Situational predisposed panic attacks
Panic disorders often commence with little warning and persist for minutes, sometimes for hours. Unfortunately panic disorders often occur while driving a vehicle, in delicate social situations and even at work. To those around a sufferer of a panic disorder, it can appear as though the sufferer is actually afflicted by a mental disorder, which can be detrimental to your reputation and social life.
How to reduce symptoms of paranoiaAlthough panic disorders can be incredibly detrimental to your emotional well-being, there is a number of ways in which you can reduce the occurrence of panic attacks during menopause. By implementing simple lifestyle modifications and adaptations, healthy dietary changes, regular aerobic activity, alternative medicines and relaxation techniques, you will notice a significant reduction in your panic disorders and many other symptoms associated with menopause and hormonal instability.
Most experts recommend a combination of the above methods. This is by far the safest and most effective way to prevent panic attacks and any other side effect that arises as a result of estrogen deficiency or fluctuating hormonal levels. If these methods continue to fail, a doctor or physician may be able to help guide and direct you regarding treatment. The presence of other serious symptoms, although very rare, can also be indicative of a health condition that requires medical attention.