‘I thought I had dementia’: Ulrika Jonsson, 54, reveals she has been suffering from dark moods, anxiety and brain fog as a result of the menopause  

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Ulrika Jonsson discusses her harrowing experience of menopause in an emotional new interview.

The 54-year-old star said she experienced menopausal symptoms for the first time at age 46 when they one day came out of the blue.

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TV presenter wrote Sun That she was confused when menopause resulted in the onset of dark moods, anxiety and brain fog.

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Brave: Ulrika Jonsson discusses her harrowing experience of menopause in an emotional new interview (pictured May)

Due to her lack of personal knowledge about this stage of life, she came to the conclusion that she was suffering from dementia.

She also admitted that despite being active, when she started gaining weight, she was confused and shocked.

However, most worrying for the Swedish-born model was her lack of memory, adding that she was once ‘sharp as a nail’ and ‘who took pride in remembering things.’

She said: ‘It really bothered me. I found myself searching for words mid-sentence. In my mind’s eye it was as if there was complete darkness in front of me – I had no visual cues for the words I was looking for.’

Forgetfulness became a joke in his family, and he was left in a dark place.

Stunned: The TV presenter wrote in The Sun that she became confused when dark moods, anxiety and brain fog set in as a result of menopause, which made her think she had dementia.

Stunned: The TV presenter wrote in The Sun that she became confused when dark moods, anxiety and brain fog set in as a result of menopause, which made her think she had dementia.

She could not connect the dots of her symptoms due to her lack of knowledge about the issue of menopause.

She continued: ‘All these symptoms attacked me within a few months, or maybe a few weeks. I’m ashamed to say that there was no way in the world I would have linked them to the onset of menopause. My limited knowledge of it was similar to that of someone with hot flushes and high emotions.’

Her mind was finally at peace when she finally told a friend what she was experiencing, fearing the worst.

She wrote in the article for the publication: ‘I finally confided in a close friend who is a few years older and she smiled, put her hand around me and said: “No, love, it’s just the beginning of menopause.” I was stunned. To me, it felt like a very cruel final blow from Mother Nature.’

Menopause: However, the most alarming thing for the Swedish-born model was her loss of memory, saying she was once 'sharp as a nail' and 'who took pride in remembering things' ' (pictured last year)

Menopause: However, the most alarming thing for the Swedish-born model was her loss of memory, saying she was once ‘sharp as a nail’ and ‘who took pride in remembering things’ ‘ (pictured last year)

Ulrica sought advice from her mother who was taking HRT tablets, which help stabilize hormones.

The treatment, which is not readily available on the NHS, helped Ulrica relieve her symptoms by calming her down using the progesterone hormone – which she was lacking.

She had to use this medicine privately as the NHS does not provide tailor-made service to her and solution common to all women.

Ulrika went on to write about how she wishes more people knew more about the experience she had, not only other women but men as well.

Solution: Ulrika sought advice from her mother who was taking HRT tablets, which help stabilize hormones.  Treatment, which is not readily available on the NHS, helped Ulrica overcome her symptoms

Solution: Ulrika sought advice from her mother who was taking HRT tablets, which help stabilize hormones. Treatment, which is not readily available on the NHS, helped Ulrica overcome her symptoms

What are the main symptoms of menopause?

hot flushes – a low, sudden feeling of warmth, usually in the face, neck, and chest, which can make your skin red and sweaty

Night sweats – hot flushes that occur at night

Difficulty sleeping – this can make you feel tired and irritable during the day

a low sex drive (libido)

memory and concentration problems

Vaginal dryness and pain, itching or discomfort during sex

Headache

Mood changes, such as low mood or anxiety

palpitations – heart palpitations that suddenly become more noticeable

Joint stiffness, aches and pains

low muscle mass

Frequent urinary tract infections…

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