Bioidentical Hormones and Depression

depressionHormone fluctuations mixed with day-to-day stress can lead to depression. Beating the blues might be as simple as balancing your hormone levels. When someone who is suffering from the toxic effects of stress also experiences the added whammy of hormonal instability, depression can be the unexpected result.   Many people have been programmed to immediately ask their physicians about antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications without considering other options. At BodyLogicMD, our physicians explore the underlying issues to determine whether an individual is experiencing hormonal triggered depression or situational depression – and the difference will drive the difference in treatment.  Once your hormone levels have been accurately measured with blood or saliva testing, and hormonal related depression is detected, your physician will have the necessary information to diagnose and begin treatment. If necessary, your BodyLogicMD physician will prescribe a bioidentical hormone therapy program to begin balancing your hormone and stress levels. In addition, exercise, meditation and massage are often suggested to help offset depression, lower stress and decrease cortisol levels.

Are you at risk?

Depression affects nearly 19 million American adults.   Have you noticed abnormal changes in your mood, appetite, sleep, or energy levels? Depression is not a weakness.  In fact, it is a very common emotional experience with a variety of triggers. Pinpointing exactly what triggers an individual’s depression, which includes hormones, provides the physician with the key to successful treatment.

One of the most common symptoms of menopause andropause (the male menopause) is depression and it is often the result of a hormonal imbalance.

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