It’s common for women to experience mental health problems as a result of the hormone changes which happen during peri-menopause and menopause the links are finally coming together and thankfully we will not “suffer” poor mental health as much as previous generations. Michelle and I are currently developing this new online course and would really appreciate your input at this co-creation stage. We want to know about your journey during peri-menopause and menopause and how it has specifically affected you emotionally, all information is 100% confidential and will not be shared.
We will be hosting a closed webinar on March 23rd at 7 pm, if you wish to take part please fill in the form below.
Elizabeth’s journey, “Mental health wasn’t something I’d thought about with menopause. I knew there could be mood changes – we all hear the jokes about the grumpy old woman in the family – but I never thought the impact could be so profound.
I didn’t even think I had a problem. It was my husband who was the problem, doing something or saying something that would trigger a huge rage inside me. I’ve never been an angry person, but suddenly I could go from Bruce Banner into the Hulk in seconds and all I wanted to do was destroy. Destroy whoever had annoyed me, whether that was with words or actions. It sounds funny now, but I became a demon with the tea towel, flicking it as hard as possible to inflict pain. It wasn’t only my poor husband; I’d wake up in the early hours of the morning, making lists of everyone who’d annoyed me, from politicians to TV stars to a woman in the shop. I even raged at the crisp-makers for not making my favourite flavour.
After the anger subsided, I’d be left feeling guilty and scared. This wasn’t me; it was as if an evil spirit had taken me over. I’d send guilt-ridden emails of apology to the people I’d vented my anger at hours – sometimes minutes – previously and I’d sit and wonder how anyone could like me when I was such a horrible person. “They all think I’m nice. If only they knew the truth…”