Hormones Directly Linked to Mental Health

Leslie Carol Botha: The health of your hormones – your endocrine system directly affects your mental health. Holy Hormones Honey!  Psychotropic drugs and SSRI’s only mask the symptoms.  Women have been duped into thinking our anxiety, depression, and irritability is ‘all in our head’ – that is what doctors tell us.  Well – it turns out it is all in our head – Hormones and the Immune System dramatically affect brain health…AND…. a weak brain causes unbalanced hormones and immune system function.  This is called the NEI Super System – the neurological, endocrine, and immune system all intricately linked and balanced.

As far as synthetic birth control affecting the production of our hormones – can causing anxiety and depression amongst other things – well what do you think?

Hormones and mental health have proven link

Sunshine Coast Daily

15th Mar 2013 6:00 AM

depressionWOMEN’S hormones and incidents of depression can go together, says a leading professor.

And women who claim that they have premenstrual tension, or who are depressed during perimenopause are not making it up, she emphasises.

The comments by Jayashri Kulkarni, Professor of Psychiatry at Monash University, follow an opinion piece in a newspaper that discussed the theory that PMS is all in women’s minds as opposed to their endocrinology.

Prof Kulkarni told Wellbeing that both PMT and perimenopausal depression have hormonal triggers and that “a select number of women are sensitive to hormonal shifts”.

“These sensitivities can have a genetic factor – they run in families,” she said.

“In the future we hope to have a test for a genetic oestrogen receptor marker that will help us identify those women who may fall into this category.

“But, at the moment all we can measure is the hormone that is circulating in the body, not the brain.”

That said, “it is really important to listen to women,” said Prof Kulkarni.

She said women had tended to be “put down” for implying they suffered the blues because of their hormones.

“The incident of premenstrual depression is about 25 per cent but I think that’s an underestimate,” said Prof Kulkarni.

“The rates of perimenopausal depression are 16 times that.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.


  1. Renate Klein says:

    Everyone should take a long and hard look at what progesterone-only contraceptives do to women’s minds (and bone density, and libido, and bleeding patterns, and more!!). Implanon, Depo-Provera and even the various Mini Pills are dished out like lollies by doctors and family planning clinics – and to ever younger girls and women: 12 and 17 year women come to mind who were told that Implanon was made for them (because they can’t remember to take a pill every day…!). Or Depo Provera who was laughingly described by a health worker in a freestanding women’s health clinic as ‘vitamin injections’ so that the women’s husbands would not know that their wives were using a contraceptive…. this is an experience from Australia, a rich western country – the women who had the Depo were both Indigenous Australians and Immigrants….
    It’s all so very dangerous and so few voices who counter these practices. A combined low-dose estrogen/progesterone pill seems preferable if hormonal contraceptives are to be used at all….

  2. I’d like to second Renate Klein’s comment. Years ago – back in the dark ages – when progesterone got added to HRT, doctors started to insist that I take progesterone to “balance the estrogen”. (No one needs to tell me that even taking estrogen is foolish. I know that now – but didn’t then and would never suggest that any woman take it.)

    The result was dramatic. It made me depressed – severely. I knew what it was doing and refused to take it. Depression resolved almost immediately. There’s no question that hormones affect mood.

  3. Thank you Heidi for visiting my site and sharing your experience. Always appreciate and value your insights.

    Hormonally yours,


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