“It was eight in the morning and I remember throwing my coat down on the floor in front of at least two of my children, and saying out loud, ‘This day sucks!’ The day hadn’t even started. And as the day went on, I kept having to excuse myself from meetings and go into the bathroom to cry.”
Actress and author Gillian Anderson has spoken about her experience with menopause and, before that, perimenopause.
The mother-of-three wrote for Lenny Letter, and was interviewed by The Guardian, and talked about the difficulty and the memory loss and the out-of-control emotions that come with the fluctuating levels of oestrogen and progesterone during menopause.
She says lately things have become so bad, she’s considering testing herself for dyslexia. “Somebody had said to me that dyslexia isn’t just about seeing words backwards, it’s also about the assimilation of information,” the 48-year-old actress told The Guardian.
Back to the morning of throwing things down in front of her children and crying all day in the office... Anderson says it was a turning point.
"It was at the point that I felt like my life was falling apart around me that I started to ask what could be going on internally, and friends suggested it might be hormonal," she wrote for Lenny Letter. "I was used to being able to balance a lot of things, and all of a sudden I felt like I could handle nothing. I felt completely overwhelmed. I felt like somebody else had taken over my brain."
It's not something we hear often.