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
Helen Hawkes15th Mar 2013 6:00 AM
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.”