What exactly are Panic Disorders During Menopause
Menopause panic disorders or paranoia refers to a state of suspended panic due to hormone changes, causing women viewing themselves and, others through a lens of heightened anxiety.
Menopause panic disorders can create sweeping feelings of impending doom, as hormone changes lead women to experience heightened states of prolonged anxiety. Symptoms of menopause panic disorders may include physical reactions to anxiety, such as rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), sweating palms, and even short-lived chest pains due to panic attacks. A common symptom during menopause, memory lapses may also exacerbate paranoia, as women temporarily attempt to make sense of situations that involve forgetfulness.
Women can also suffer psychologically as a result of hormone-caused menopause panic disorders. Mood swings may occur as paranoia onsets and abates, leading to exhaustion from chronic panic cycles. Some women may experience intrusive thoughts, sleeplessness, and isolation as a result of panic disorders associated with menopause.
Symptoms of Panic Disorders
Feelings of dread
Causes of Panic Disorders
Paranoia and panic disorders that occur during menopause are due to imbalances in key chemical messengers in the brain, known as neurotransmitters. Brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin are responsible for feelings of calm and happiness, while other chemical messengers such as norepinephrine regulate energy levels and “fight or flight” responses in crises. In particular, estrogen plays a key role in the brain’s production of serotonin.
As levels of estrogen and other hormones begin to decline and fluctuate during menopause, brain chemistry can become altered. Serotonin levels can descend, and adrenaline levels can rise, affecting the way that women interpret events and people around them – and even how they perceive themselves. Chemical changes during menopause can lead to feelings of panic, dread and heightened self-consciousness.
Menopause Panic Disorders Treatments
For women experiencing menopause paranoia, successful treatment often depends on bringing the hormones back into balance. Modes of reestablishing a balance of hormones in the body during menopause include hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical HRT, though both methods have fallen out of favor due to the severe health risks that have come to be associated with them.
Amberen works by providing the body’s cells with the energy necessary to regulate its own hormones, naturally and safely, by promoting the transmission of hormonal signals between the hypothalamus and ovaries. As these hormonal imbalances are resolved, menopause symptoms such as anxiety, panic and paranoia disappear as the underlying hormonal imbalances become resolved.
Menopause Panic Disorders FAQs
Q: What if I experience paranoia that is not caused by menopause?
A: In some cases, women may experience paranoia that relates to psychological disorders, traumatic events, or neurological causes. In such cases, a combination of psychiatric medication and therapy may be required.
Risks of Menopause Panic Disorders
Fatigue may set in after bouts of hypochondria, due to panic and misattributed symptoms of menopause. Menopause panic disordersmay also lead to low self-esteem and relationship difficulties, as feelings of others’ judgments or malice set in. Long-term effects of menopause paranoia can also include depression and insomnia as women attempt to cope with frequent states of panic disorders.