Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing a significant impairment in your daily life. Biological, lifestyle, and hormonal factors may be linked to depression, and a hormonal imbalance may worsen symptoms.
Our hormones play an important role in how our bodies function. Physiologic levels are required for optimal health and well-being. As our hormones decrease with age these levels can drop, leading to a decrease in quality of life.
Estradiol is arguably the most important hormone in a woman’s body. Not just a sex hormone, estradiol receptor cells exist throughout the body. It is known to support bone growth, helping to maintain healthy bones and joints. It’s neuroprotective effects have been shown to improve blood flow in coronary arteries. In addition, estradiol raises serotonin levels, providing relief from depression and aiding in a more restful sleep.
Testosterone is not just for men. In women, testosterone supports motivation, boosts energy levels, improves concentration, and elevates mood.
In addition to estradiol and testosterone, we have several other hormones that dictate how we handle stress, including progesterone, thyroid, vitamin D, adrenal hormones, and more. An imbalance in any or all of these could be exacerbating your depression symptom, making them even worse for you.
If you are struggling with depression, talk to your doctor. If you think a hormone imbalance may be contributing to your symptoms, give us a call at 201.225.2525 for a consultation. We may be able to help get you back to feeling like yourself again.