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Do anxiety levels typically decrease after menopause is over?

Once menopause is over, many women find that their level of anxiety decreases. However, in addition to hormonal changes, there are often many other factors that contribute to the development of anxiety during menopause. For example, women who suffer more physical symptoms, experience negative life events or are less functional are more likely to develop an anxiety disorder during menopause than women without these additional stressors. So, it is important not to ignore other possible causes of anxiety, just because a woman may be experiencing menopause. Treatment of anxiety is always warranted if there is significant distress or functional impairment.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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