Menopause & Anxiety: Connections, Signs, & How to Cope
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Originally Published: March 12, 2021
Original Author: Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW
Original Reviewer: Rajy Abulhosn, MD
Updated: April 21, 2022
Author: No Change
Reviewer: No Change
Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “What’s the Connection Between Menopause and Anxiety?”, “How Common Is It?”, “When Should I Seek Help for Anxiety During Menopause?”, and “Dealing With a Panic Attack”. New material written by Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C and reviewed by Dena Westphalen, PharmD.