Menopause

Most of us have heard about the physical symptoms of menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep, and personal dryness. And we may even have heard about mood swings and irritability. But perhaps we are not as aware that menopause can bring anxiety, depression, and a decrease in focus and concentration.

Some of us begin to wonder if we will ever feel like our old self again. We begin to doubt ourselves, second guessing decisions, replaying conversations in our minds, feeling hopeless, forgetful, worthless and sometimes fearful that we are going crazy!

If these symptoms sound familiar, counseling may help. Having an objective, compassionate professional to process this difficult stage of life with has assisted many ladies to navigate through these months with increased confidence and assurance that they will make it to the other side without losing their minds.

Call our office to set up an initial appointment today, we are here to help.

 

For Moms

 

Years ago I heard a story about a pastor who did a Sunday morning series on anger. After the first sermon he asked for any who wanted prayer to deal with personal anger to come back stage. Imagine his shock when he entered the designated room to find it populated with mothers of young children and teens!

Whether you are a stay at home mom or a mom who works outside your home, you are a FULL TIME parent.  And chances are that you can relate with the moms mentioned in the prayer room with anger issues. We are here to help you develop parenting skills that make a difference in your everyday life with the kids.

Some women in the midst of transition from full time mom to the work force or vice versa may develop short term symptoms of an adjustment disorder. This occurs within three months of a stressful event in your life. The Mayo clinic website uses this information:

Emotional Symptoms of Adjustment Disorders

Signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder may affect how you feel and think about yourself or life, including:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Crying spells
  • Nervousness
  • Jitteriness
  • Anxiety, which may include separation anxiety
  • Worry
  • Desperation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Thoughts of suicide

Behavioral Symptoms of Adjustment Disorders

Signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder may affect your actions or behavior, such as:

  • Fighting
  • Reckless driving
  • Ignoring bills
  • Avoiding family or friends
  • Performing poorly in school or at work
  • Skipping school
  • Vandalizing property

Length of Symptoms

How long you have symptoms of an adjustment disorder also can vary:

  • 6 months or less (acute). In these cases, symptoms should ease once the stressor is removed. Brief professional treatment may help symptoms disappear.
  • More than 6 months (chronic). In these cases, symptoms continue to bother you and disrupt your life. Professional treatment may help symptoms improve and prevent the condition from continuing to get worse.

Call us for help in learning ways to decrease the frequency and intensity of adjustment disorder symptoms.