I am finished with menopause but still feel stressed. Could it still be menopause?

I Think I Am Finished With Menopause But Still Just Feel So Stressed And
Anxious All The Time. Could It Still Be Menopause? I Am 53, Going
Through A Long Divorce Battle And Worried About My Son Who Just Enlisted
In The National Guard.

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

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Menopause marks the end of monthly periods for one year. But this is a long process, and continuing hormonal shifts might be affecting your mood. While stress and anxiety are part of the constellation of symptoms, there are other life factors that might account for behavioral changes.

You have two real-life stressors that are hard to manage: a divorce battle and a child in the military. First check with your doctor to rule out any medical issues for your mood changes. Seek the right kind of help to manage your stress. This might be an exercise class, a support group, or a personal therapist. Unmanaged stress and anxiety can have significant impairment of both your physical and mental health.