Have fallen into depression? Hormones may be responsible
With the advent of winter, many of us fall into a depressed state. This is due to the reduction of the light day, because it is under the influence of sunlight in the brain synthesized serotonin – a hormone of happiness and joy. But serotonin is not always the fault, especially if women fall into depression. A hormonal failure, as a result of malfunctioning of the thyroid gland, can lead to the development of depression. As a result, hormones are again responsible.
Depression and hormonal background: what is the connection
Hormones are substances that are produced by the endocrine glands and have a huge impact on the female body. Reproductive functions, mood, sexuality, metabolism – all these are guided by hormones. The menstrual cycle, premenstrual syndrome, premenopausal, and menopause depend on the level of most hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Virtually every woman noticed that she feels depressed, may feel irritated or fall into a depressed state before she is a month old.
All these sensations and conditions occur under the influence of hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Also, the hormonal imbalance caused by the disturbance of the functions of the thyroid can lead to the development of depression. However, depression can be confused with neurosis or obsessive conditions. Such illnesses are treated with full relaxation, sedation and psychological support, and not the correction of the hormonal background. Therefore, it is important to consult a specialist, undergo an examination (blood test for hormones) and find out the exact diagnosis.
How to suspect problems with the thyroid gland
In addition to apathy, depressed and depressed states about problems with the thyroid gland, they can “tell” certain symptoms. They are manifested both in the hyperactivity of the thyroid gland, and in the lack of hormones. In addition to depression with a hormonal disorder, sexual dysfunctions, digestive organs are also present, namely:
feeling of cold, trembling and muscular weakness
deterioration of vision and irritability of the eyes
loss or vice versa – set weight
intolerance to heat and cold
menstrual cycle disorders
dry skin and hair brittleness.
Why do you need to go to a doctor and give tests
If there is a problem with thyroid dysfunction, then you definitely need to find out exactly what the right treatment is to choose. No soothing medications, “herbs”, etc., taken on their own will not help (and may even harm) if you do not know the true indicators of your body’s health. Blood analysis for hormones will help solve the main tasks:
to recognize the disease at an early stage
check the level of development of hormones
evaluate the functioning of the endocrine glands.
It’s not possible to do this on your own at home. Therefore, if the endocrinologist recommended an examination, try not to use alcohol, medicines and do not physically load yourself before taking blood.