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Hi I’ve been menopausal for a year and recently have had panic and anxiety which is causing sleepless nights... any advice if anyone has the same problems.


  • KazKaz Posts: 475 mod

    Hello @Zaralaser52

    Welcome to the forum.

    If I was asked, I’d say that insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety were three of my worst symptoms, and I spent a very long time finding something that would work for me.

    i use the Clarity app to help with all three symptoms - with lots of success. I know it probably sounds daft - I didn’t think it would help at all when I first tried mindfulness, but I couldn’t have been more wrong, and the addition of a daily session or two, especially at bedtime, has transformed how I’m able to cope with these symptoms especially. It also helps with other menopausal symptoms too!

    It takes a wee bit of practice, but it’s not a lot of effort for some great results. Of course, there are other mindfulness apps on the market, but this is the one that works for me - and it’s designed with menopausal women in mind.

    When I’m out and about, I also use the 5,4,3,2,1 grounding method to help with anxiety. I find it helps me to take control back and feel calmer.

    Hope this helps 😊

  • DfairleyDfairley Posts: 2

    Hi Im new to this forum. Im 58yrs old last menstruated 8 months ago. I started a new career (insomnia specialist) have two new grandchildren, plenty of drive but I suddenly feel like an old lady. Im not sleeping, anxiety is awful with rumination and catastrophising, all my joints are aching, zero libido, memory is shocking and Im very irritable. GP not interested suggested come back when menstruation stopped for 12 minths. Any suggestions please x

  • SmashingMenopauseSmashingMenopause Posts: 4
    edited November 2019

    Hi @Dfairley

    It certainly sounds like you are having symptoms of menopause as I also had a lot of these. You don't have to wait until you are postmenopausal (12 months after last period) before you can seek treatment for your symptoms. The stage preceding this is called perimenopause and your GP should know this. You could check out information on https://www.menopausematters.co.uk/. Do you know if you have a menopause specialist near you? To check where your nearest one is, take a look at https://www.womens-health-concern.org/ (this is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society).

    You certainly don't have to wait to seek help for your symptoms, in fact the sooner you receive treatment, the sooner you will start to feel more like yourself.

    Best of luck.


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