Menopause Symptoms: Anger & Rage How To Treat Hormonally-Fueled Outbursts

by Laura Ramirez on November 10, 2011

Menopause symptoms – anger that is irrational and seems to come out of nowhere (and could be characterized as rage) is a troubling symptom for women who are going through peri menopause and menopause. It gives credence to the cartoonized version of the menopausal woman who is overweight, overtired, sprouting chin hairs, barking orders and whose body type and behavior makes her look more like a man than a woman.

Although menopause is the time that women lose the need to nurture, it does not have to signal the loss of your womanly ways of expressing needs in positive, self-affirming ways and getting the help need from family, friends and loved ones. If you have spent your life as the proverbial woman-who-does-too-much, then the people who live with you, in particular, your husband may require some gentle re-training in terms of contributing around the house. This is a subject for another article or maybe even a course, though. For now, we will focus on medicinal ways to reduce a tendency toward emotional outbursts.

Marcy Holmes,a nurse practitioner, who appeared on the Dr. Oz show recently, offered these solutions for dealing with the menopause symptoms: anger and rage:

Solution #1: Prescription medications – birth control pills and antidepressants

“The new low-dose birth control pills come in a variety of formulas and they do seem to have a much lower risk profile than they did 50 years ago,” says Ms. Homes. “They have the ability to buffer your fluctuating hormone levels, so that you feel more balanced throughout your cycle and you may be less likely to have these emotional outbursts.”

This is a great solution for women who are peri menopausal and is an easy way to make the transition into full blown menopause when you may want to use some form of HRT whether synthetic (like the patch) or by using plant-based bioidentical hormones.

Ms. Holmes also said:

“It seems that antidepressants have the ability to help the brain chemistry get a little more buffed up so that it better tolerates the wild hormone fluctuations that otherwise are affecting it,” says Ms. Holmes. “Antidepressants come in many formulas and you have to talk about it with your doctor because you have to pick the right one for you, and they do have side effects that you sometimes have to work through the first month getting used to them.”

Solution #2: Progesterone creams

“We know that progesterone is one of the hormones that affects the brain. We also know that it’s one of the hormones that changes quite a bit in these perimenopause years. So for some women, replenishing just a low dose of the missing progesterone calms down the roller coaster,” states Ms. Holmes. She also adds that “…they are available in health food stores…you want to get a good brand and you definitely want to make sure that the label says “USP progesterone” on it so that you will know that the active ingredient is there and not just an extract.”

Here’s a good solution:

Progesta-Care Mist Natural Progesterone Natural Progesterone 1 OZ Progesta-Care Mist Natural Progesterone Natural Progesterone 1 OZ

Progesta-Care Mist Natural Progesterone Three (3) sprays of the pump provide approximately 20 mg of natural progesterone USP. This progesterone spray is formulated to contain 1120 mg of progesterone per one fluid ounce..

menopause symptoms rage

Menopause symptoms rage and anger may leave you feeling like your life is spiraling out of control. In this article, are some steps to take to get back your sanity.

In addition to these simple strategies, Ms. Holmes recommends cutting out caffeine, alcohol and sugar from your diet. Why? Because these substances can influence hormones in such a way that leads to emotional outbursts. Although it may seem like a lot to ask to cut out substances that you may depend on to lift your mood, remember that while these substances may initially make you feel better, what goes up must come down and 20 minutes to an hour later, you will crash and burn, leading to further desire to intake something that is ultimately causing you harm and endangering already fragile relationships with your loved ones. Try cutting these ingredients out of your diet for just 3 days and see what happens. Or take smaller steps and cut them out one at a time. If you cut out sugar and alcohol from your diet and sugary caffeinated drinks (like those expensive coffee drinks you buy from Starbucks), in addition to feeling emotionally stable, by the end of the year, you may have also lost some unwanted pounds.

Another suggestion for menopause symptoms: anger is to get into some form of therapy. It may help to talk about your situation to a professional who can help you get any resentment off your chest so you can better express your needs and deal with the situations that have a tendency to set you off. Finding a professional who specializes in helping women make the transition through menopause is a good idea (see our menopause coaching service) because such an individual understands all the factors that come into play that can lead to outbursts, resentment and depression.

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