Understanding Hormones, Mind, Mood, and Behaviors Crucial to Mental Health

depressionHoly Hormones Journal – Read the headline below… what kind of nonsensical message does this send to women?  No you are NOT crazy – no – you do NOT have a psychological disorder – YES – you are experiencing hormone imbalance. NO – you do not need psycho meds.  YES- you do need nutrition targeted to  the brain.

Women need to step up and take control of their health – and the first step is education about the endocrine system, the menstrual cycle, and the beautiful hormone rhythm that drives our bodies, mind, and moods on a daily basis.  Once they understand this – they are empowered – can take control of their lives – instead of being accused of having ‘psychological disorders.’  It’s hormones.  Its homeostasis.  Its simple.

Science, medicine and the pharmaceutical companies need to go and take a hike…. find another species to pick on and profit from. Jeez.

Hormone Levels May Provide Key to Understanding Psychological Disorders in Women

May 24, 2013

 Women at a particular stage in their monthly menstrual cycle may be more vulnerable to some of the psychological side-effects associated with stressful experiences, according to a study from UCL.

The results suggest a monthly window of opportunity that could potentially be targeted in efforts to prevent common mental health problems developing in women. The research is the first to show a potential link between psychological vulnerability and the timing of a biological cycle, in this case ovulation.

A common symptom of mood and anxiety problems is the tendency to experience repetitive and unwanted thoughts. These ‘intrusive thoughts’ often occur in the days and weeks after a stressful experience.

In this study, the researchers examined whether the effects of a stressful event are linked to different stages of the menstrual cycle. The participants were 41 women aged between 18 and 35 who had regular menstrual cycles and were not using the pill as a form of contraception. Each woman watched a 14-minute stressful film containing death or injury and provided a saliva sample so that hormone levels could be assessed. They were then asked to record instances of unwanted thoughts about the video over the following days.

“We found that women in the ‘early luteal’ phase, which falls roughly 16 to 20 days after the start of their period, had more than three times as many intrusive thoughts as those who watched the video in other phases of their menstrual cycle,” explains author Dr Sunjeev Kamboj, Lecturer in UCL’s Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. “This indicates that there is actually a fairly narrow window within the menstrual cycle when women may be particularly vulnerable to experiencing distressing symptoms after a stressful event.”

The findings could have important implications for mental health problems and their treatment in women who have suffered trauma.

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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.

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