Hormonal Changes and Mental Health
Although there’s been a fair amount of research on this topic, very little is known about how hormonal changes will manifest individually. Each person seems to have his/her own course regardless of genetics or environment. That’s why it’s good to know the over-arching characteristics so you can determine if symptoms are due to organicity, hormonal changes, situational factors, etc. This is not only true for women (peri- or menopause), but these changes are also seen in men (andropause).
You may (or not) experience one or all of these:
All of these symptoms can be distressing especially if you do not understand the cause. It’s first helpful to rule out changes in hormones, and it’s more likely hormonal if you are:
There is hope and help! Some symptoms regulate themselves with time; if not; they can be treated like any other mental health manifestations. Often times natural and homeopathic methods are extremely effective and may be cheaper than traditional medicine.
Keep in mind that treatment may require some time (some people experience hormonal changes
for 7 to 10 years and with varying severity). Do your research, and visit your mental health practitioner, or prescribing practitioner (OB/GYN, endocrinologist, or PCP) to help you with the journey.
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