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Perimenopause and anxiety

I’ve been taking .5 Klonopin once a day for the past 5 years for anxiety and it’s worked great. I am now 51 and have missed 2 periods and my anxiety has been horrible also terrible headaches and a headrush feeling throughout the day. Dr. Upped my Klonopin to 1mg which helps. I’ve tried Celexa and Lexapro and all they do is give me more anxiety. I’m afraid to try any other antidepressants as I do not want more anxiety. Has anyone else’s anxiety gotten worse since their periods Have stopped? Thanks

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Hi Myradee, yes, I believe my depression and anxiety worsened after I stopped taking estrogen. I had a hysterectomy when I was 41. Then, about 2 1/2 years ago I had a breast lump removed. The lump wasn't cancerous but it had abnormal growth in it (hyperplasia). I stopped taking estrogen because my lump put me in a high risk category for breast cancer. Since then I have been really battling my depression and anxiety.

Perhaps you can take estrogen?


I’ve never taken estrogen and the more I read about it the more I’m Leary of the side effects but I may Minot have a choice. I can’t stay like this. Feel better😔


yep!....never had a migraine in my life till menopause. Then I started getting cluster hormones put me in mood swings from hell, my fatigue was unbelievable, I was always energetic and ready to tackle what ever the day brought I don't sleep well and don't want to get out of bed some days because I am so tired. Your hair starts to thin....weight gain....water just sucks. And then some women have no symptoms at all....

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Exactly!!!! What can be done to lesson these effects? I’m afraid to take the migraine medicine bc they have caffeine which exacerbates my anxiety. Ughhhh


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