By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor
Headaches, muscle tension, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, hot flashes, mood swings, mental confusion…
Menopause: it’s enough to make you feel like your body and mind are going through some sort of internal self-destruct sequence.
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., medical director for the Nutritional Magnesium Association and author of the book, “Menopause Naturally,” says that American women struggle with menopause, in part because of Western perspectives on aging. “In certain cultures, menopause is an easy transition—the elderly are revered for their age and wisdom. In our culture, when women get old and lose their looks, they feel as though no one wants them, so they meet this transition with tension and negative emotion,” she says.
The truth is that menopause is a natural process that, according to Dean, can be dealt with as long as a woman takes care of herself. Unfortunately, many women find it difficult to do just that.
Mastering your menopausal symptoms
Menopause typically begins in women somewhere between the ages of 45 and 55.
Women going through menopause may find that their feelings of irritability, confusion, depression and fatigue become intensified as they begin to experience the physical and mental consequences of fluctuating hormones.