Depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other neuropsychiatric defects are a common among men and women entering andropause or menopause. Statistical data indicates that more than 8-15% of all females develop clinical depression after menopause (requiring anti-depressant therapy to control symptoms). The prevalence of sub-clinical depression is even higher; yet under-reported.
Classic symptoms of menopausal depression are:
- Substantial changes in the basal appetite or sleep pattern
- Significant weight gain or weight loss
- Extreme fatigue, lack of motivation or loss of stamina and energy
- Crying spells, extreme sadness or blues
- Suicidal ideation or lack of interest in your surroundings
Women who have a stressful lifestyle or have a personal or family history of psychiatric issues are more vulnerable to develop depression after menopause. The pathophysiology of postmenopausal depression revolves around the biochemical imbalance due to substantial lack of estrogen as part of aging process. In addition, the serum level of cortisol and other hormones is also altered due to menopause.
How does natural hormone replacement address menopausal anxiety?
Natural hormone replacement is shown to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety by:
- Restoring natural biochemical balance in the body. Estrogen therapy is known to boost the secretion of natural anti-depressant, serotonin that elevates mood and alleviates depression.
- Releasing the neurotransmitter GABA. This helps in maintaining adequate sleep cycles (which also aids in preventing/ managing depression).
- Causing the brain to release mood boosting endorphins. Elicits a sense of happiness and satisfaction in response to natural hormone replacement.
- Improving overall health and well being. Balancing your hormones, and improving your overall health can elevate your mood and emotional/ physical health.
How can you learn more about natural hormone replacement?
Before opting for natural hormone replacement, it’s important that you schedule an appointment to learn about the expectations and recommendations specific to your body. Each program is customized by our expert staff according to your needs, and your consultation is free of charge.
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