Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms include worry, disturbed sleep, irritability and poor concentration, and physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, dizziness, shortness of breath and trembling.
The menopause is defined as the end of the last menstrual period, and in the UK it occurs at a median age of 53 years. The change in hormone levels during perimenopause and menopause can cause acute symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats, anxiety, vaginal dryness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, mood swings, forgetfulness and loss of libido.
An average of 6% of women experience pre-menstrual symptoms that severely disrupt their daily lives, including depression, anxiety/tension, mood swings, fatigue, bloating, breast tenderness, poor co-ordination and headaches.
Pregnancy is not an illness but a physiological stage – but even when a woman has an uncomplicated pregnancy she may experience back and pelvic pain, nausea, indigestion or emotional issues such as anxiety and depression.