Yesterday my cat threw up all over my dining room rug. He had done this in the past hundreds of times. But yesterday when he did that I burst into huge crocodile tears and starting yelling at him and chasing him. The poor animal looked completely bewildered and hid under the bed for hours. Later I felt so awful about the incident that I cried more crocodile tears about how I could have behaved this way. I am normally very mild mannered, even tempered, extremely forgiving and have control over my emotions. What is happening to me?
Many women have dealt with irrational behavior, tantrums and meltdowns during just normal PMS days. But the emotional rollercoaster that goes on during menopause, and more commonly during the pre menopause period also called peri-menopause can be compared to a patient in a psycho ward.
Mood swings or mood disorder symptoms are typically defined as rapid changes in emotions. Moods can change from up to down very quickly, just like being on a rollercoaster ride, what a great analogy. This unfortunately not only affects the woman herself but also others around her and can really disrupt relationships and family life. Experts of course again blame the fluctuation hormones, but they also point out that the mood swings are more a result of the other complications of menopause. For example, if a woman is having lots of hot flashes (also known as hot flushes) or night sweats, insomnia and other issues, this of course causes frustration, fatigue, stress and a whole list of other issues, which then can turn to even medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., and all this can cause the mood fluctuations. So it is all just a vicious circle. Sometimes the term “menopausal syndrome” has been used to describe these events.
There are many branches to these mood swings. Moods swings intertwine with anxiety, depression, erratic and impulsive behavior and many other emotional issues. I already discussed anxiety in an earlier post. I plan to discuss some of these other issues in detail in later posts, so stay tuned.