22 FebMood Swings – Menopause Symptoms
Mood swings have been the worst for me. I have gotten it to when they only show up a few days before my period, but that’s even too much for me because those days leave me a wreck! I feel absolutely wonderful, then I can feel it coming like a downward spiral, taking me deeper and deeper into a dark abyss. The worst part is even though I have warned my family, every time it happens they look at me like I’m some horrible person. I don’t want to be moody and irritable, but sometimes I can’t help it. It surprises me as much as it does them. When these moods come on all I want to do is get on a plane and go somewhere far, far away until the real me returns.
It uses to be much worse. I use to feel irritable and moody three-quarters of the month. My thyroid also had a lot to do with it and then perimenopause symptoms made it worse. I have found ways to deal with these onslaughts of darkness, but it has been a long, hard road.
When I started complaining to my ob-gyn, she told me I had pre-menopause symptoms and gave me a prescription for Prozac. I was supposed to take it 7 days before my period started. I only lasted 2 days. The headaches this drug gave me were incredible and I had to stop. Then she prescribed me Zoloft and I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Nothing could rock my world and it was smooth sailing. That is until I gained 20 pounds seemingly overnight, and nothing I would do could make it disappear. I then was given Wellbutrin to lose the weight, and it wreaked havoc on my mind. I stuck it out as long as I could -5 days before I had to stop. I thought I was going to kill either myself or somebody else. It was the absolute scariest experience of my life! The detox from that experience lasted 2 weeks and was awful.
My acupuncturist recommended I take Sam-e to balance my hormones and clean my liver of all the prescription drugs I had been taking. It has worked beautifully. I feel a peace and happiness I hadn’t felt in a long time, the weight is coming off, and I feel good knowing this supplement is good for my liver. I will never, repeat never take a prescription antidepressant again. There are far more gentle ways to balance your neurotransmitters and hormones for the menopausal symptoms of depression and moodiness.
A great book to read is by Julia Ross called the Mood Cure. She explains in great detail the workings of the brain and how to balance it with amino acids. Black Cohosh is also supposed to work great in balancing the hormones. I personally take 400 mg of Sam-E a day with a B-complex vitamin first thing in the am before I eat breakfast. It has worked magic on me and I know my family appreciates it! You don’t have to suffer from the symptoms of menopause.