Leslie Carol Botha: I originally posted this article in 2009. Thought it was well-written then and still think so. However, in the past two weeks readers of my blog have dug back into the HHH archives and have commented on their own ‘hormonal anxiety’ so I decided to repost it in June 2012. Now 288 posts later – it appears that hormone imbalance has become a silent epidemic affecting women of all ages.
Hormone imbalance -in the form of estrogen dominance which can cause hormone-related anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, emotional rage, phobias, and diabetes is due to the plastics in our environment…. throw out all of your plastic water bottles – they contain high amounts of estrogen mimickers, AND DO NOT MICROWAVE IN PLASTIC. Estrogen mimickers are found in food, household chemicals and our water supply – from the high amounts of synthetic estrogen being excreted into the water streams from synthetic birth control and HRT. I kid you not. There have been plenty of articles about fishing changing their sex because of excreted hormones.
Lastly – we are now 3 to 4 generations into synthetic hormone suppression, i.e., birth control (pills, IUD’s implants, injections, rings, and patches). All of the estrogen is being built up in the body and passed in-utero to the fetus. So you will note many young women who have posted comments about hormone imbalance too. This is sad. We are upsetting the hormone – chemical balance in the body. Women are suffering. And if we do not correct the imbalance – it will only get worse. Such is the nature of not taking care of our health.
I believe that most women experience ‘hormonal anxiety’ in one form or another. Unfortunately, the medical and psychiatric professions are quick to diagnosis and label with syndromes and then proceed to treat with drugs.
Now we know that source of this misdiagnosis is, in most cases hormone imbalance it can be corrected through nutritional supplementation, and hormone balancing. Most women are estrogen dependent. I have been recommending Progessence Plus– that contains a wild yam extract infused with essential oils that repair the DNA and clear off the receptor sites on our cells so that the natural progesterone can be absorbed into the cell – and not remain in fatty tissue of the body.
What Is Hormonal Imbalance Anxiety?
By Shelly Mcrae, eHow Editor
Everyone experiences anxiety at one point or another, such as before an important test in school, an important presentation at work, during the holidays or when experiencing a crisis of any kind. Anxiety in these instances help you stay alert, focus on tasks at hand or make quick decisions.
But when anxiety turns into an ongoing sense of apprehension, or begins to manifest as debilitating fear, it may be due to personality disorder or a hormonal imbalance. It’s important to determine the cause of your anxiety and determine how to treat it.
In cases in which hormonal imbalances are the root cause, as opposed to a personality disorder, the anxiety may not be so severe as to be labeled a panic attack. Rather, it more closely resembles mood swings or depression. But rather than feeling sad or irritable, you feel apprehension and uneasiness.
Anxiety induced by hormonal imbalances, such as estrogen dominance in which the level of the hormone progesterone is very low, differs from those panic attacks associated with personality disorders such as bipolar or obsessive-compulsive disorders. But there are also similarities. Determining the root cause of the anxiety can determine which treatment is appropriate.
The sense of anxiety may not be as exaggerated as for those suffering from personality disorders. Instead, you may feel uneasy in social situations, be reluctant to make decisions or continually worry over problems that are relatively minor.
But your anxiety may not be limited to the more subtle form. In cases of severe hormonal imbalance, you may suffer full-blown panic attacks in which fear, though irrational, overwhelms your reasoning. You may be unable to explain why you are reacting to a simple incident as if it were a life crisis.
In the case of severe panic attacks, such medications as benzodiazepines and antidepressants may be necessary to control the attacks. These are common treatments for personality disorders. (I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT. LB.)
Left untreated, mild anxiety can worsen, resulting in debilitating behavior patterns due to unwarranted fear. Whether the underlying cause is personality disorder or hormonal imbalance, effective treatment is available.