Shannon Perry, who blogs for genneve, wrote an excellent post on a topic so many of us don’t want to think about or talk about: menopausal rage.
She begins: “One of the thornier aspects of hormonal change during menopause, PMS, pregnancy, etc., is mood, the regulation thereof. In the course of researching this blog and talking to women heading into menopause, I came across story after story from women who found it difficult to “control” their anger. In truth, I learned that it’s less about controlling anger and more about respecting why it’s there and channeling the truth behind it in more productive ways.”
Shannon goes on to discuss both serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and estrogen, a hormone, and the havoc menopause can bring to the way they work in your body. She explains that the “lack of serotonin makes it far more difficult to cope with the insomnia, hot flashes, short attention span, and all the other symptoms that can make menopause a challenge.” Shannon then gives practical ways you can understand, own, and channel the anger that often comes with menopause.
The post is titled “Menopause and Mood: Why Do We Seem Angrier…or Has It Always Been there?’ Read the post here.
Find more posts by Shannon as well as other great menopause resources on the genneve website.
About Shannon Perry: Shannon is the media & marketing director for genneve (www.genneve.com), a personalized digital health platform for women in midlife. She is dedicated to bringing as many voices as possible to the conversation around women’s midlife health to ensure women have the information and resources they need to lead their best, most vibrant lives.
The painting is mine.
The red on the woman’s face represents the hot bubbling fury of rage. The pink stands for the embarrassment and regret rage can cause. The green is for jealousy or envy that sometimes spark rage. The blue is for sadness and depression, which also can lead to rage. And the gray represents the swirling confusion that menopause can bring. The yellow at the corner of the painting promises the light that comes from understanding and overcoming rage. Thank you Shannon for your tips!