Anxiety, Irritability & Anger in Perimenopause, Menopause & Postmenopause
Protocols for Specific Menopause Symptoms
Anxiety, irritability or increased frustration or anger associated with menopause, or that has become worse with menopause changes, is most frequently due to shifting or deficient hormone levels, which affect the nervous system and the adrenal gland (which also responds to stress). It is important to discern the cause of the anxiety, and restore normal function. While powerful herbal sedatives may appear to be a good way to “naturally” treat anxiety, in truth, the approach is that same as if a synthetic sedative drug were prescribed. Both methods treat the symptom of anxiety without correcting the underlying cause – which is primarily hormonal.

Anxiety, irritability or increased frustration or anger associated with menopause may be due to various hormone problems, which could each affect the nervous system. Preserving optimal function of the nervous system also requires healthy lifestyle and dietary habits as discussed in Hormone Health Guidelines. In most cases, women who experience anxiety, irritability or increased frustration or anger associated with menopause also experience other symptoms, which you can analyze with the Menopause Type® Questionnaire.


Treat the Cause
This protocol is designed to be personalized based on specific needs of each person. There are significant hormone imbalances that may be associated with increased anxiety in menopause. These include decreased estrogen function, decreased progesterone function, and /or excessive androgen function or decreased testosterone function as outlined below. Blood sugar imbalances, also discussed below, could also be a cause. Addressing the specific underlying cause will relieve the additional stress on the nervous system, and allow a smoother menopause transition. Choosing the right formulation can be determined by paying attention to other symptoms you have. Other symptoms can reveal which hormone is not working properly, and which formulation can be used for cold extremities, as discussed below, and indicated in the following table:

Anxiety, irritability or increased frustration or anger as Main Symptom in Menopause
Decreased Estrogen Function:
Dropping estrogen levels, as well as levels that are already low, increase the frequency and severity of vasomotor symptoms, which precipitate anxiety in women. Supporting normal estrogen function, with an emphasis on phytoestrogenic herbs that also decrease anxiety, will resolve anxiety efficiently. When there are other vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, or sleep disruption, choose EstroMend™. Most of the herbs in this formulation have significant ability to not only decrease vasomotor symptoms, but to also decrease anxiety. Published clinical data suggests that black cohosh may be useful for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, including anxiety. Don quai has mildly sedative & tranquilizing properties, as does Bacopa monniera. Hops are well known for its sedative effects that can reduce anxiety. Sage binds to GABA receptors, resulting in calming actions. Schisandra has been used to treat irritability. See more information, including references, on EstroMend™. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.

Decreased Progesterone Function:
Progesterone, and its’ metabolites have “neuro-sedative”, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. When there is suboptimal function of progesterone, there may be more irritability, inflammation and spasms. In these situations, restoring normal function of progesterone with adrenal supporting phytoprogesterones is the best course of action. Using herbs that have both progesterone-mimetic and calming properties is quite effective. When there is irritability, inflammation and spasms, choose ProgestoMend™. This formulation mimics the ability of progesterone to be calming and promote tranquility due to its ability of Rehmannia & Bupleurum to support normal adrenal gland function, recalling that the adrenal glands are is the primary source of progesterone in non-cycling women. In addition The Passiflora incarnate has been shown to be particularly effective in treating anxiety, possibly by binding to GABA receptors, as does progesterone. See more information, including references, on ProgestoMend™. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.

Excessive Androgen Function:
In ability to tolerate stress due may be due suboptimal function of androgens, and as such can be both a cause and a sign of androgen deficiency. In women that have anxiety that is strongly associated with agitation and anger, there may be adrenal related androgen deficiency that needs to be addressed. When there is inability to tolerate stress with suboptimal function of androgens, choose TestoQuench™ for Women. This formulation is best used by women with androgen excess disorders. By calming the affects of the excessive androgens in these women, this formula can bring about a rapid sense of calmness, and increased adaptability to stress. These women report they are less agitated on this formula. In such women, calming the actions of a unique blend of phytoantiandrogens and other herbs to naturally support hormonal balance in women by calming and supporting the ideal function of testosterone sensitive tissues. Women with low testosterone may not do well on this formulation, and should consider TestoQuench™ for Women. See more Information, including references, on TestoQuench™ for Women. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.

Decreased Testosterone Function:
In women that have anxiety that is strongly associated with fear and social withdrawal, there may be androgen deficiency that needs to be addressed. Androgen deficiency caused anxiety is often also associated with depressed mood and decreased libido. When there is fear and social withdrawal, choose TestoGain™. This formulation supports the normal response of the nervous system to androgens. Enhanced motivation, drive, confidence, and feelings of self-worth can decrease the incidence and severity of anxiety. See more information, including references, on TestoGain™. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.

Blood Sugar Disorders:
Feelings of anxiety, fatigue or any other symptom that worsen shortly after a meal, or if meals are skipped, suggests that there is an unhealthy shift of blood sugar levels. Though blood sugar disorders (dysglycemias) can range from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia & diabetes), all forms of blood sugar disorder should be treated seriously. The drop in blood sugar after eating is often a predecessor to insulin resistance, which eventually results to diabetes. Glucobrium should be used if anxiety occurs after eating, especially if there are blood sugar disorders in family. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.

Also Review:
Hormone Health Guidelines.
Protocols for the 12 Menopause Types® & for Specific Menopause Symptoms

Other Symptoms

Hormone

Formulation

other vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, or sleep disruption

estrogens

EstroMend

irritability, inflammation and spasms

progesterone

ProgestoMend

strongly associated with agitation and anger

excess testosterone

TestoQuench for Women

fear and social withdrawal

low testosterone

TestoGain

symptom worsen shortly after a meal, or if meals are skipped

Insulin & blood sugar

Glucobrium

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