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Anxiety and Periods
« on: December 03, 2011, 11:02:35 AM »
Can women's general anxiety get worse on their period even with them on anxiety medication?
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 11:44:41 AM »
I don't know about when you're on medication but I'm on the pill, and I know my symptoms definitely get worse when I'm off the active pills and on the reminder pills.
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 12:26:55 PM »
I meant medication as in anti anxiety medication.
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011, 08:25:58 PM »
My anxiety does get worse on my period, even with Zoloft - I think it has to do with hormones. If you feel it's really a problem, talk with your doctor. When I was on the pill several years ago, my menstrual symptoms decreased (which included irritability, restlessness, and additional anxiety).
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011, 10:15:04 PM »
I've been having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that hormones severely affect my anxiety, but all evidence points to the truth!  I had the worst day today, dizziness, nausea, sweats, and panic. I finally called my mom, at my wits end, and she told me that her doctor, when talking about menopause treatment, explained that the body actually goes through withdrawal symptoms from estrogen, which is basically why menopause makes women feel like they're going crazy. I am only 28, but every month the inactive pills of my birth control literally make my body go through estrogen withdrawal to make me have my period, so of course I feel like I'm going crazy during that time.  Lesson I learned today:  getting my period makes me have major panic attacks and I just need to learn to cope and know that nothing is actually wrong with me.  I'm going to talk to my doctor about other options for birth control (maybe an IUD?).  But you're not alone. Hormones wreck havoc on the body, especially when they aren't balanced!
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011, 10:16:54 PM »
By the way, I'm on celexa, too...so I'm still affected despite the medication.
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 02:21:21 AM »
Unfortunately, periods can spike your anxiety or lower it, depending on your body, even with the aid of medication.  It's just your body's fun way of making your period that much more memorable. D:

I'd suggest bringing it up with your dr.  Maybe s/he has some tips or something that can help.
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011, 01:14:58 PM »
So glad I found this topic!  For the past three weeks or so my anxiety had gone right down (yay!) but about 10 days ago for no apparent reason it started to get bad again, and I wondered if it was due to PMS.  I'm not on the pill or any prescribed anxiety medication.  Does this mean when I get my period the anxiety might disappear again?!  And if it is hormonal/PMS are there any vitamins/herbal therapies etc that might help?
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2011, 01:20:46 PM »
I've recently read a lot online regarding use of prozac for like 1 week or 2 weeks..I forget. I've been considering asking my dr. about this. My anxiety is really hard to live with during my pms-which has gotten worse too.
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Re: Anxiety and Periods
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2011, 01:46:06 PM »
Prozac to help with PMS related anxiety?  I've never heard of that before.  If you do see your dr. about it, I would love to know how you get on - and especially if a short course of prozac would be of benefit to PMS symptoms!
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