So scared, anxiety is just terrifying, kept getting jerked awake.



  • Official comment

    Thank you for sharing. Anxiety and depression is common during peri/post menopause and be challenging and scary to try to handle on your own. Most women do best with a multifaceted approach. Here are several strategies that can help.

    • Work with a mental health professional. The anxiety symptoms you are describing would be best assessed by a therapist, psychologist/psychiatrist, or counselor who can offer support and recommendations. 
    • Use an app to support mindfulness. HeadSpace, Insight Timer, and Calm all provide options for guided meditation and mindfulness practices with different themes and structures. 
    • Focus on your breath. Practicing deep intentional breaths (inhale for the count of 4, exhale for the count of 4) can activate you parasympathetic nervous system which supports calming and can help manage anxiety. This simple technique can be beneficial in the moment of high stress as well as at times of low stress. Practicing this at times of low stress can support your body in better managing stress and anxiety when it does occur. 

    This article provides additional info on managing anxiety and depression during menopause. 

    Want more personalized recommendations and support? Join Gennev's HealthFix membership and work with a Registered Dietitan Nutritionist/Health Coach and an OB-GYN trained in menopause. 

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  • DrCynthiaNetherton

    Sounds like you're feeling miserable! Yes, other women sometimes go through similar dark times, but please reach out to a medical provider, there is certainly help available!  Stacy has offered some great suggestions, but there is also sometimes an excellent place for medication - sometimes hormone based treatment, sometimes more directly toward the anxiety & depression, insomnia.  We would be happy to see you via telemedicine, if you don't have easy access to talk with your internist or gynecologist.  

    Best wishes,

    Cynthia Netherton MD

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    I have not slept a good night since March. That goes for the quanity and quality of sleep. My doctor prescribed sleeping pills but they are no longer strong enough to get me and keep me a sleep for more than 3 hours. I am presently on sick leave because I can no longer function at work. I am not depressed, but just very low energy.

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  • Stasi

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Not being able to get optimal sleep for months on end can certainly take a toll on your ability to function. My first recommendation, if you have not already, is to let your doctor know that the medication they prescribed to support your sleep no longer has the effect it did initially.

    The hormone changes during peri/post menopause can alter sleep. Many of my clients have found beneficial for supporting sleep is to develop a mindfulness routine to implement before bed and when you wake up in the night. I recommend starting with an app such as HeadSpace, Calm, or Insight Timer. Working with one of our health coaches through our HealthFix membership can also provide additional strategies to support your sleep. 

    Given what you have described around your sleep experience it may also be worth scheduling a telemedicine call with one of our OB-GYNs who specialize in menopause. Based on your current symptoms and health history they can offer medical recommendations personalized to you.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience with sleep? Please share.

    Stasi Kasianchuk MS, RDN, CSSD, CSCS, EP-C
    Gennev Director of Health Coaching 

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