My recent series on the topic of how hormones influence mood has highlighted how specific hormones impact brain signaling and mental health disorders.
In part one, the introduction, I explored:
- the connection between stress and hormone production
- the factors and influencers on hormonal regulation and their effects on the body
- how sex hormones interact with specific neurotransmitters that modulate mood, cognition, and psychological processes
In part two, I explained:
- how estrogen and progesterone interact with serotonin, GABA, dopamine, and glutamate
- the psychiatric disorders linked to imbalances in estrogen and progesterone
- the caveats of only treating mood and hormonal symptoms with hormonal replacement
- naturopathic approaches to hormonal balance
In part three, I conclude this series. Topics include:
- a detailed explanation of how thyroid hormones influence brain development, intellect, and mental processing throughout the lifespan
- examining the thyroid-mood connection and naturopathic approaches to thyroid health
- the research on how testosterone impacts mental health in men and women
- the evidence for oxytocin, the “bonding hormone,” for behavioral disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), and its proposed mechanisms
As a naturopathic doctor, I feel it is imperative to look for and address the root cause of hormonal imbalances. I use my training in biochemical individuality, love for personalized medicine, and my obsession to exquisitely match the individual with the right wellness protocol to form a healing, therapeutic relationship that addresses the whole person, not just a lab value.
If you believe hormonal imbalances are causing your mood disturbances and/or physical symptoms, please talk to your doctor, and consider consulting with an integrative or naturopathic doctor who is versed in addressing the many aspects of hormonal balance
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