How Hormone Imbalance Affect a Woman’s Mental Health

For some women, dealing with hormone imbalance is like fighting the biggest battle in their life. They struggle with physical, mental, and emotional symptoms ranging from weight gain to depression. Although hormone imbalance can occur to men and women at any age, the gravity of symptoms are usually at its peak during perimenopause and menopause stages.

Perimenopause in women can begin as early as mid-30’s or during the mid to late 40’s. During this period, your ovulation and menstruation becomes irregular. Similarly, your ovaries may produce too much or too little estrogen and/or progesterone, which can cause hormone imbalance symptoms including unpredictable mood swings, hot flashes, fuzzy thinking, and breast pains. While physical changes may appear easier to deal with in the long run, mental and emotional symptoms can be a different story.

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the common symptoms of adrenal imbalance and hormone imbalance. Symptoms of anxiety caused by adrenal imbalance include heart palpitations, shallow breathing, and feeling distracted. However, anxiety associated with hormone imbalance in perimenopause and menopause is usually characterized by hot flashes and night sweats.

Anxiety in perimenopause is caused by excessive estrogen. It is one of the human emotions that can be intensified by estrogen dominance. Some women go through hormone replacement therapy to balance their system and minimize bouts of anxiety attacks. However, experts suggest that natural approaches, such as lifestyle and diet change can do the trick in achieving hormone balance.

Depression

The link between hormonal imbalance and depression has been discussed in many books and medical journals. Low estrogen levels during menopause can cause feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Similarly, abnormal levels of progesterone and cortisol can create agitation, mood instability, and extreme fatigue.

Hot flashes and night sweats are two common symptoms associated with perimenopause. If left unmanaged, they can leave you feeling irritable which may eventually result to mild depression. Women with a history of depression are said to be more prone to experience depression in perimenopause and menopause. However, there are some ways you can do to avoid depression from taking control of your life. If you suspect that it’s beginning to occur in your life – especially when you’re in late 30’s to late 40’s – you should consult your physician for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Irritability/Mood Swings

Mood changes and irritability are often associated with hormone imbalance in women. How many times have we heard husbands referring to “hormonal changes” when the wife is throwing mood swings? Though the remark is probably just meant to put humor in the situation, the link between mood changes and hormone imbalance has been validated by many medical practitioners.

Most women find their mood swings to coincide with their menstrual period. The symptoms can range from being mild to extreme, and may sometimes be exacerbated when a woman enters her perimenopause stage.  But just like anxiety and depression, mood swings and irritability caused by hormone imbalance can be minimized when you take care of yourself by eating right, exercising regularly, and making a positive change in your lifestyle.

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