Hormones and Mental Health
Reduction is female sex hormones in women during menopause can produce , depression, and sexual problems. Reduction in male sex hormones in men of older age can produce irritability, anxiety, frustration, and anger and is known as the “irritable male syndrome”.
Depression or anxiety may be one of the first signs of a deficiency of thyroid hormone. An excess of thyroid hormone can lead to anxiety and panic attacks.
Hormonal imbalance can also occur during certain points of a woman’s menstrual cycle as well as right after having a baby. Women may suffer from depression and other mental health problems during these times.
Alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, or even eating disorders may be caused by imbalance in pleasure hormones that reward these behaviors.
A hormone called ANP (Atrial Natriuretic Peptide) is produced naturally by the body during a panic attack. ANP probably blocks the release of stress hormones and signals the body to turn off the panic attack. As a result, drugs that help the body produce ANP could be an excellent treatment for panic disorder and other anxiety-related problems.