PMS Anxiety

Anxiety during PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is very common, but if anxiety affects you throughout PMS, it may seem as though you're the only one suffering. It's important to keep a perspective and always remember that PMS anxiety is merely one of the many symptoms that can strike during this phase of the menstrual cycle as a consequence of the hormonal and neurochemical changes taking place within the body.

You're not losing your grip, becoming paranoid or unable to cope with life. The anxiety experienced during PMS is a normal physiological response to a drop in serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical produced in the brain which nerve cells use to communicate with other) through which the nerve cells therein communicate with each other. If serotonin production decreases, as during PMS, then the result can be feelings of anxiety, depression and cravings. When that horrible grip of anxiety starts to take hold during PMS, take a deep breath, count back from 10 and remember that what you're experiencing is triggered by events occurring in your body, not your environment or current situation. Don't let it worry you. PMS anxiety will pass within a matter of days. PMS anxiety is only usually temporary and there's a very good, biochemical reason for why you feel the way you do. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates, evening primrose oil supplements, St. John's Wort and vitamin B6 and B12 supplements are all tried and tested means of relieving PMS mood and anxiety symptoms, so incorporate these into your daily schedule. Should you're a PMS anxiety become so severe that it impacts your quality of life and prevents you from functioning normally during PMS, then its best that you consult your doctor and perhaps consider medication to control anxiety during PMS.