While hormones have long been associated with changes in mood—such as anxiety and depression found in PMS or menopause—researchers have widened their scope to explore the hormonal influences on other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and more. Explore the resources below to learn more about the connection hormones and emotions, moods, memory, and more!
Book Review – Adrenaline Dominance
Dr. Michael Platt’s Adrenaline Dominance compares the positive and negative effects of adrenaline. He explores the significance of progesterone in moderating both the mental and physical effects of estrogen and adrenaline.
Blood Sugar and the Aging Brain
Studies indicate that hight high blood sugar levels were associated with brain wasting (particularly in areas relevant to aging) and shrinkage (in teens). Controlling blood sugar levels through a healthy diet and exercise may prove to be beneficial in maintaining healthy brain function throughout life.
Book Review – Depression After Childbirth
Dr. Dalton’s groundbreaking work showed that a woman’s mood changes after childbirth may be traced back to real medical conditions rooted in endocrine disorders, and may be remedied if the signs of postpartum depression are promptly identified and properly treated.
Book Review – The End of Alzheimer’s
The End of Alzheimer’s presents an opportunity to forestall and correct the onslaught of this devastating disease. Author Dr. Dale Bredesen demonstrates that patients with Alzheimer’s disease do have treatment options.
Book Review – Female Brain Gone Insane
As women’s hormones fluctuate throughout various life stages, these hormone changes may produce changes to the hormone-brain chemistry balance. Read the book review of Female Brain Gone Insane to better understand how this book details lists of symptoms to help identify hormone deficiencies and excesses and how to approach medical practitioners to find assistance with hormone use.
Hormones and TBI
Researchers are studying the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the pituitary and the hypothalamus, two important hormone-producing glands in the middle of our brains. Damage to these glands results in hormone imbalances that may cause a number of psychological, physiological, and physical symptoms.
Hormones, Mood and Emotion
Women’s International Pharmacy had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Phyllis Bronson, author of Moods, Emotion, and Aging. Dr. Bronson believes one of the keys to successful aging is being able to “hang out with uncertainty,” especially during such a transitional period in one’s life.
Hormones on Our Minds and on Our Nerves
This article introduces an area of research that focuses on “neurosteriods,” which are hormones produced by nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system, produced independently of hormone production elsewhere in the body.
Explore how hormones can prove useful for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental diseases.
Is There a Connection Between Thyroid Dysfunction and Mental Illness?
Find out how thyroid hormones affect the central nervous system (CNS) and how suboptimal thyroid function can lead to mental disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Book Review – Moods, Emotions and Aging
Dr. Phyllis Bronson’s Moods, Emotions, and Aging: Hormones and the Mind-Body Connection explains how your biochemical individuality could be effecting your moods and emotions as you age. Learn how hormone imbalances can affect your mind and what treatments to seek to find a balance.
A New Treatment Program to Improve Memory Loss
In Alzheimer’s disease the brain’s signaling system becomes imbalanced so that new memory connections are inhibited while more information is forgotten. Reversible metabolic processes may be involved in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Postpartum Depression and the Potential of Allopregnanalone
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a widespread complication of pregnancy and childbirth that can affect a woman’s emotional, mental, and overall health. This article outlines the possible causes and risk factors for PPD and explores a potential hormone therapy using allopregnanolone.
Postpartum Depression Worksheet
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) illustrates the mood problems associated with postpartum depression (PPD).