DEPRESSION. IT’S NOT IN YOUR HEAD, IT’S IN YOUR HORMONES

Depression, it's in your hormones

DEPRESSED? WHO’S DEPRESSED?

Let’s see…Covid-19, the economy, isolation, protests, no concerts, no big gatherings, no real fun and to make it all worse…no hugs. Ugh. Who wouldn’t be depressed. Anxious. Sad. Even hopeless. People reporting symptoms of depression, anxiety and fear are well above historical norms. Understandable; it’s called life.  But as things begin to open up, so do peoples’ outlooks. There are things to look forward to. Beyond banana bread, crazy Tik Tok challenges and Zoom…well… Zoom everything. The depression people are feeling now, is temporary for most. It will, pass.

BUCK UP. SUCK IT UP. SNAP OUT OF IT. GET OVER IT.

More than just a bout of the blues, real depression isn’t something that is going to go away on its own. No matter how much banana bread you make. No matter how sunny things may look. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), who you have probably been counting on for a lot of information lately, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It’s a cruel disease that you can never explain to people who have never visited the dark holes depressed people often find themselves sliding into. This depression isn’t about what’s going on around you, it’s what’s going on inside you. And it’s not going anywhere without getting help.

DEPRESSION; WHEN THE SKY FEELS LIKE IT’S FALLING YOUR HORMONES CAN’T BE FAR BEHIND

When you’re depressed, you’re not just in the dumps, you feel like you’re in the dumpster. Depression affects how people sleep, eat, and see the world. People who are depressed may not be able to concentrate or even face simple prospects of daily life, such as getting up in the morning and dressing themselves. Depression can cause irritability, anger and anxiety. Trouble focusing, thinking clearly or making decisions. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt. Lack of energy and loss of interest in anything pleasurable. Sex included. You can’t wish this stuff away. But it’s not you. Unbalanced hormones can dampen anyone’s mood.

THE MOOD MODULATORS

Hormones effect every cell and organ in our bodies. If they are not in balance, you’re not in balance.

There are multiple hormones that can cause depression if not at the right levels. The sex hormones, for example. Both men and women have estrogen and testosterone. Too much of one or too little the other can lead to a whole gamut of mental health symptoms. Both under-active and overactive thyroid glands can also cause serious symptoms of depression. Imbalances in the body’s stress hormones can cause Monday blues and grey skies to permanently color your entire life lifeless and just plain lousy.

HOW MEDS CAN MAKE IT WORSE

Worse? What could be worse than suffering from unending emotional agony? True depression isn’t always that simple to diagnose. A primary care doctor might suggest seeing a psychiatrist. That psychiatrist might take a shot at a diagnosis and start you on a regime of meds roulette. According to a government study, antidepressants are the most prescribed drugs in the country. And there are tons of them. And they’re often tricky in treating depression. Not to mention the wide range of unpleasant side effects including nausea, weight gain, blurred vision, sexual problems, fatigue and drowsiness. This is not to say people have serious conditions which can be seriously helped by a good psychiatrist and antidepressants. But if the problem is a hormone imbalance, you need a precise diagnosis. Profoundly bi-polar could actually be profoundly hormonal.

MAKE YOU AND YOUR HORMONES HAPPY

Let’s start at the beginning; before you take meds, take a simple test to find out if it your seriously fierce funk could be your hormones. The place to do that, is Denver Hormone Health.  At DHH, they are unmatched in their expertise and years of experience successfully treating patients for all types of health issues. Depression included. The advanced tests they take at DHH will tell them your exact hormone levels, which allows them to create a unique treatment plan to get them back where they need to be to help you feel your best. Call Denver Hormone Health for any appointment now. Things will start looking up faster than you could ever imagine.

Hormones and Depression: It’s No Laughing Matter

Feel Like You’re Losing It?

If you’re suffering from what seems like debilitating depression, whether you’re a man or women, it’s a good chance what you’ve lost is the hormonal balance that keeps your mood in balance. And there are many different hormones that effect your moods; thyroid, adrenaline, cortisol, and the sex hormones estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. The fluctuation of these hormones has been linked to a whole gamut of mental health symptoms and unfortunately there is still a stigma that make some people view depression as weakness. No matter what you do, you feel like you’re done in. The anxiety is overpowering. At times, you’re even paralyzed with panic. You’re in a dark hole and can’t drag yourself out. The World Health Organization claims that nearly 300 million people around the world also suffer from depression. So you’re not alone. And certainly not “crazy”.

Pregnant and Hormotional

Pregnancy is supposed to be a blissful time, filled with happy anticipation. But for some, it’s filled with just plain anxiety. Feeling blue, instead of rosy pink and positive. Some women have their first experience with significant depression during pregnancy, or after pregnancy (post-partum depression). In fact, anywhere from 14 to 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression (known as antepartum depression), while an estimated 5 to 25 percent experience depression after they give birth (known as postpartum depression). Tear flow in rivers, sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed. Often, the same hormonal fluctuations that wreak premenstrual emotional havoc can lead to prenatal depression. In fact, research has found that women who suffer from pronounced PMS are at greater risk for depression during pregnancy. 

Antidepressants–Band Aids for a Multitude of Symptoms   

You can’t tell someone suffering from depression, “just snap out of it”. General practitioners and even psychiatrists offer up another solution which can come with debilitating symptoms of their own; anti-depressants to the rescue. But often, the diagnoses are inaccurate. What accounts for the upsurge in these diagnoses?  It is unlikely that we can blame it all on our brains. Human physiology changes very slowly.  Fluctuating hormones can cause depression or extreme mood shifts that can resemble bipolar disorder. Quick…more meds. Meds that can actually cause more depression, anxiety, fatigue or even racing hearts. Maybe you should be anti-antidepressants, and get your hormones checked first.

Before You Panic…

Make an appointment to see the hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health. Every one of the doctors at Denver Hormone Health is experienced in everything that has to do with hormones and the effect on your body when they are out of balance. Including depression. At Denver Hormone Health, it is their sole mission to see if your symptoms indicate a hormone imbalance. Which they can determine with simple tests. Instead of antidepressants, they are able to restore balance naturally, by getting to the real root of your depression. And get you back to feeling free of your funk. So call Denver Hormone Health today. You’ll not only get answers, you’ll feel fabulous.

Hormones and Health – Hormone Happy New Year

Hormone Health in 2019

Oh Boy, Here It Goes Again

New Year’s resolutions. You know, those well-intended promises to yourself that make you feel righteous when you make them. One problem, is that most people makes lists that are longer than the list of our President’s Twitter rants. Resolutions that rarely last until February, if at all.

You’re not alone.

Here Are A Few Goodies

There are always the standards:” I’ll eat right. I’ll lose weight. I’ll exercise more. I’ll be a better person.” Always a good start. But maybe you should start the New Year with an overall inventory of your general health. Listen to what your body is telling you. You can’t depend on a Fitbit to get the whole picture.

Forget Trying to Google “Good Resolutions”

Try these instead; determine to get yearly physicals, check your blood pressure and cholesterol. And don’t forgo those Flu shots. Above all, if something is going on with the way you feel, don’t ignore it hoping it will go away. Don’t self-diagnose (or Google your symptoms).

Spend Time with Things Furry And 4-Legged

It never hurts to make some resolutions that wouldn’t make it to many lists:

  • Stop self-bullying
  • Take out your earbuds and listen
  • Spend less than half your day on devices
  • Sleep more
  • Say “no” more often
  • Call friends. Frequently.
  • Don’t become a life potato
  • Travel, if only to another side of town
  • Leave your bed unmade with guilting over it
  • Give envy a break
  • Treat yourself like #1

Get Out of Hormone Hell

Now this is a resolution everyone should make. Hormones? Yep. Those chemical messengers that tear through your body calling the shots as to what’s working and what’s not.

Those headaches?
Maybe just hormones.

That fatigue?
Hormones.

Depression. Unexplained weight gain. Brain fog?
Ditto.

Unbalanced hormones can have a heyday with your entire body.

A visit to Denver Hormone Health can tell you if your hormones are out of balance. Every doctor at Denver Hormone Health is a specialist in everything that has to do with hormones, so you couldn’t put yourself in better hands. Whatever your resolutions, make making an appointment at Denver Hormone Health a must.

New year? New you.