Hormones affect mood. Big time. Imbalanced hormones are an important and, sadly, an often overlooked part of mental health. If you’re dealing with low mood, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, aggression, insomnia, or any number of other mood problems, hormones are likely involved to a greater or lesser degree. I urge you to look into hormones because they may be at the root of your problem.
Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, testosterone, and many other less-known hormones have direct effects on brain cells and profound effects on mood and behavior. We all know that changes in hormones, such as during puberty; before, during, and after pregnancy; perimenopause; and of course, the monthly cycle, all are accompanied by mood changes. If yours are profound or uncomfortable, theres a hormonal link in there we can look at and help solve.
Many hormones promote the growth of nerve cells and inhibit the death of brain cells. Obviously this sounds like a good thing, and it is. But survival of your brain cells leads not only to increased intelligence: it also leads to improved, energy, sleep, and happiness.
Looking at the big picture causes of mood problems, there are important aspects of your biochemistry that should be evaluated if you want to get to the root of your mood problems. Hormone levels are a huge piece of this puzzle.