Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
For young people all around the world, the illusion of “invincibility” often blinds us to changes occurring in our bodies that may potentially be hazardous. One of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance in the body is depression. Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, fatigue and the menstrual cycle in women. In each of these aforementioned examples, a specific hormone is being produced that temporarily throws the delicate balance of the body’s hormones out of sync.
Outside of predetermined biological processes (such as the menstrual cycle) the most common cause of depression is increased levels of cortisol and norepinephrine, both of which are released when the body experiences negative emotional pressure. As with all hormonal imbalances, increased levels of these two hormones can produce a variety of physical side effects, with depression being only one of many negative outcomes when observing the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Have you ever wondered why your sex drive has disappeared during periods of intense work or stress? These two hormones are to blame. Medical professionals have consistently linked cortisol and norepinephrine to reduced passion and desire levels in men and women across a variety of ages.
So what can be done about it?
If you’ve been feeling depressed as a result of increased occupational/academic stress or other negative environmental stressors, the first step towards remedying the situation is identifying the source of the tension. If it’s linked to a person, it may be worth discussing your feelings with them so that the issue can be resolved. If the problem has been created out a feeling of being overwhelmed by work or social responsibilities, you may benefit from reassessing what all is absolutely “necessary” during your day and developing a more sophisticated time management system.
Anyone suffering from depression as a symptom of hormone imbalance should ensure that they make time for increased relaxation, sleep and pleasure. Although it may seem impossible to set aside a long period of “alone” time, particularly for young people trying to establish themselves in new careers, it’s not unfeasible to find 30 minutes here or there that can function as a brief “mind oasis” from any negative energy you might experience around you.
If these techniques don’t work, it may be worth the time and financial resources required to visit a professional therapist or counselor. Simply having someone to talk to may help you put your problems in perspective. The peace and support offered by trained professionals may help you relax, balancing your hormones in the process.
In A Nutshell: Although most people never seek treatment for depression, it’s likely that these negative feelings could be occurring as symptoms of hormone imbalance brought about by physical and emotional fatigue or stress. Carefully assess your lifestyle and try to uncover what might be the cause of these negative feelings – the more you know about yourself, the better!