I'd like to hear feedback about whether anxiety during menopause is TMS. I've been menopausal for a couple of years and had what used to be called a "nervous breakdown" 18 months ago after my mother came to visit. It started with severe back pain and then spiraled into the most horrible anxiety where I couldn't eat, sleep sit still or otherwise function and ended up on antidepressants - another horror story in and of itself. My mother went through something similar during menopause but she had always suffered mental health issues so I never thought the same thing would happen to me! I personally think that the hormonal changes are the fuel for the fire but perhaps not the cause. After all, I haven't exactly had a peachy life and the anxiety didn't come out of nowhere. I recently heard from a menopause expert that the women he sees who suffer the most anxiety during menopause are those that have always had a lot of stress and worry. Their hormonal balance helped them feel OK and deal with their issues but once the hormones because depleted/out of balance, they could no longer cope. Thoughts?