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Perimenopause refers to the years before menopause; hormone fluctuations can occur anywhere from the 2 to 10 years before a woman stops having her period. Women in the 35-55 age group are vulnerable to the type of anger called "perimenopausal rage." Women usually say this is different than what they have experienced before -- it's totally new for them and very unsettling. This type of rage seems to pop up with no warning and feels totally out of place. Overall, it is often very different from the way they've reacted to stressors in previous years, before perimenopause. This is not just getting upset or angry in response to the little bumps in the road day to day -- these are very obvious outbursts that involve overreacting above and beyond your normal anger level, way out of proportion to the situation at hand. It is extreme, emotional and hurts others. And it often triggers regret.
It's critically important to understand that these situations are very real for the thousands of modern women who experience them, especially the supermoms trying to "do it all" at work and at home! The rage we are talking about is one extreme example of what is essentially a heightened premenstrual syndrome (PMS) experience that surfaces for the first time ever in many perimenopausal women. These types of emotional outbursts are usually more common in the PMS portion of a woman's cycle -- the two weeks before her period.
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