6 Ways Hormones Affect Your Mental Health

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6 Ways Hormones Affect Your Mental HealthWe want to shed some light on a common cause of mental health issues that often goes unrecognized:  hormones.  When you think about mental health, you probably aren’t thinking about your hormones.  Those are more about hot flashes, night sweats, PMS, and low libido, right?  Actually, hormones have a profound effect on brain health.

Do you experience any of the following symptoms? 

• Difficulty concentrating at work or performing basic tasks
• Trouble remembering people’s names or simple words
• Feeling like you’ve lost parts of your memory
• Wondering if you might have the onset of Alzheimer’s
• Feeling like you’re in a fog and state of confusion
• Decreased mental sharpness
• Unable to focus
• Short term memory loss
• Feeling depressed
• Feeling like you are losing your mind

If you can relate to the above symptoms, you are not losing your mind.  Don’t panic and rush to the assumption that you might have the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, because these symptoms could very well be caused by a hormone deficiency.

How Hormonal Decline can Affect Brain Health

1. HypothyroidismLow thyroid function is a common cause of brain fog, depression, difficulty concentrating and short term memory loss.  Mental conditions are very common in thyroid disorders.

2. TestosteroneTestosterone is crucial for maintaining mental sharpness and mental clarity.

3.  Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone – These hormones act directly on nerve cells in the brain, facilitating neurotransmission, protecting those cells from attack by neurotoxins and free radicals, and enhancing blood flow of the brain, all of which protect against loss of memory, cognition and progression of dementia.

4. Menopause – Menopause can cause memory loss, dementia and mood swings.  These are signs that estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels are declining.

5. Postpartum Depression – After childbirth, the drop in progesterone causes the low moods of postpartum depression.

6. Progesterone – Progesterone has a calming effect on the brain.  It stimulates the brain’s GABA receptors, the feel-good, calming neurotransmitters.  Progesterone also has a protective effect on the brain by reducing swelling and improving mental clarity after a traumatic brain injury.

Terri’s Story
Terri’s story is a prime example of someone who was suffering from memory loss due to hypothyroidism, but who was initially misdiagnosed by traditional doctors with the onset of Alzheimer’s.

“Although I had begun to notice some significant signs of memory loss 3 years ago, I dismissed them as stress related. At that time, I wasn’t the only person to recognize my deteriorated memory; my husband, children, employees and mother all began expressing their concerns. I became scared that I was facing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.”

– Terri Jaggers

Keeping your hormones at their optimal levels will help keep your brain working at its best.  Supplementing with vitamins, minerals and fish oil is important, too. Don’t forget that prescription drugs, such as the cholesterol lowering drugs, can cause memory loss, so be aware of the effect these drugs can have on your brain.

Is Hormonal Imbalance Causing Your Mental Health Symptoms?
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2 thoughts on “6 Ways Hormones Affect Your Mental Health

  1. Betty WIEDERHOLD

    My mother had dementia of some sort, a year or two before her death. and now my mother in law is suffering with it. It is so hard on the entire family because she just does not act like ‘Odell’ any longer, and most days, it seems that she realizes that something is very wrong, and that makes it even sadder.
    My fear is that I will get to the point that I cannot communicate clearly, and that I won’t remember what was said or done 5 minutes ago, (just the way of those two ladies). There are times that I forget what I was going to say; or I can not remember the correct word to communicate what I am talking about, at those times, I am terrified that I am becoming like my mother was or my mother in law is. I do not want to live like that.

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    • Jennifer Johnson

      Dear Betty,

      We are so sorry to hear that you mother had dementia, and that your mother-in-law is now suffering with it, too. It is a very scary thing to lose your memory. Hormone balance and proper nutrition play a big role in optimal brain health. Please contact our nurses (281-579-3600) to ask their advice on steps you can take to help prevent dementia and keep your mind sharp. They can review your chart and give you advice on how to proceed. Thank you for reaching out!

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