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Link Between Hormones and Depression

Thursday, 20 August 2015 04:44 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Why do people attribute hormone changes in a woman to mood swings?

Why is it we see only negativity when a woman stops being a pliable, selfless pleaser?

Is it possible that we try to fit women into rigid stereotypes, expecting them to give up heart and soul to meet our cultural and personal expectations?

Is it possible our expectations create the damage?

Too many women are raised under the belief that they must grow up to be dutiful wives, great mothers, fantastic friends, caretaking daughters, and excellent workers (even if not at equal pay).

They’re expected to run families efficiently while taking care of pretty much everyone whose paths they cross. And they are expected to do all of this with a smile on their face.

All the while they must deal with the ebb and flow of hormones that, scientifically speaking, define their perspective on their lives.

The more we understand how our bodies function, the more likely we are to be in control of our reactions, the medications we take, how we conduct our lives, and how we make choices that are right for us.

Here’s a simple truth: Knowledge can lead to happiness.

As much as we talk about hormones, few of us realize how truly important they are to our well-being.

After working with patients and hormones for more than two decades, I can assure you that without well-balanced hormones, optimal health and happiness are practically impossible.

In fact, most depression, medical issues, and chronic illnesses that start to emerge and take over as we age are directly connected to the drop in hormones that occurs at menopause and andropause (male menopause).

All hormones are connected and interrelated, and they work in concert to either help us feel great or make us sick and miserable.

Aging and its attendant problems are indelibly connected to lack of hormones.

Depression and the negative outlook so many people over 45 experience are tied to loss of hormones and hormone imbalance.

As women go into menopause, estrogen and progesterone production drop, disappearing as we stop ovulating in our early to mid-40s. The loss of these extremely important hormones affect the brain, diminishing serotonin and dopamine levels. The result is often depression.

However, few doctors and even fewer women know that lack of hormones is the culprit. The only treatment of value is to supplement diminishing hormone levels with bioidentical, aka human identical, hormones.

They improve the mood because they raise dopamine and serotonin levels, causing us to feel more like ourselves.

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