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Hormonal Imbalance and Depression – What to know

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Hormones play an important role in regulating bodily functions and can affect a person’s mood. A hormonal imbalance may cause symptoms of depression.

Changes in hormone levels can alter mood and emotional well-being. Finding out the underlying cause and taking steps to balance and regulate hormone levels may help relieve hormonal depression.

A drop in hormones can lead to a reduced level of serotonin, which can result in increased levels of sadness, anxiety, and irritability.

A drop in testosterone levels may also affect mood and may cause –

  • depression
  • increased anxiety
  • increased irritability
  • low sex drive
  • reduced energy levels

Symptoms of depression

Symptoms of depression include – 

  • persistently feeling sad, anxious, or “empty”
  • irritability
  • restlessness or frustration
  • feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies
  • fatigue or lack of energy
  • difficulty sleeping
  • difficulty focusing
  • appetite changes
  • physical aches and pains
  • suicidal thoughts or attempts

Experiencing these symptoms every day for at least 2 weeks may indicate depression

Low testosterone

In males, low testosterone levels may cause depression. Other symptoms of low testosterone include –

  • low sex drive
  • reduced lean muscle mass
  • erectile dysfunction
  • loss of facial or body hair
  • irritability
  • fatigue

Possible causes of low testosterone in males can include – 

  • injury to testicles or removal of testicles
  • chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • pituitary gland diseases
  • autoimmune diseases
  • infections
  • ageing
  • obesity
  • metabolic syndrome
  • certain medications, including some antidepressants and narcotics

Treating hormonal depression

Treating a hormonal imbalance may relieve hormonal depression. Treatment for hormonal depression will depend on the underlying cause but may include:

  • hormone replacement therapy
  • antidepressants, if hormone therapy is not suitable
  • over-the-counter pain relievers for physical symptoms
  • testosterone therapy
  • lifestyle strategies, such as getting regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and practicing relaxation techniques


In Summary

If people are experiencing symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks, it is important to contact a doctor or healthcare practitioner.

People can ask a doctor to run hormone tests if they think a hormonal condition may be causing depression.

It may help people to track the symptoms they experience, including when they occur and how frequently. This can help a doctor make a diagnosis.

Contact Balanced Healing for the following services –

  • Blood/hormone tests
  • Infusion Therapy – for energy
  • Acudetox for addictions and drug dependancy


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