role in many mood disorders
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Age seems to be one of the significant causes of depression and other mood disorders in middle-aged and older men. Multiple factors can cause mood disorders; however, they are often the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain or a reduction in hormones in the body. Significant life events can be a powerful trigger of depression along with disorders such as bipolar disorder, which can also be hereditary. In studies , it is shown that testosterone levels in men suffering from bipolar are often significantly reduced, strongly suggesting that normalizing testosterone levels in men should be considered by way of treatment.
Many severe mood disorders are not directly caused by hormone deficiency. But there are many symptoms and triggers of mood disorders that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can relieve because they are so similar.
Symptoms common to low testosterone and mood disorder include:
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Many people associate testosterone as the ‘aggressive’ male hormone; this is far from the truth. Common psychological symptoms that men with low testosterone experience include aggression, mood swings, lack of focus, and anxiety; all crucial factors which can cause mood disorders. Paired with physical symptoms such as muscle loss, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and weight gain you have a melting pot of issues that need to be addressed.
Testosterone plays a pivotal role in maintaining cognitive function. Testosterone converts in the body into a hormone called estradiol. This hormone protects and preserves brain function, memory and even stops destructive proteins from building in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Many people who are suffering from mood disorders such as anxiety and depression have elevated cortisol levels. It is well documented and understood that chronic stress is associated with several mental and physical symptoms, including anxiety and depression. When you are stressed the hormone cortisol is released from the adrenal glands as a response to stressors such as danger, uncomfortable situations, and fear.
If you suffer from constant anxiety and stress, the sustained secretion and circulation of cortisol eventually alter the balance of neurotransmitters and other hormones. Cortisol depletes the dopamine (the feel-good hormone), which decreases activity in the brain’s pleasure pathways also lowering serotonin, reducing feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
Crucially for men, elevated cortisol levels actively reduce testosterone (also DHEAs a precursor to testosterone). So, with high cortisol and decreased testosterone, adverse effects may start to show, some of the same negative effects associated with low testosterone:
Symptoms that are common to stress and low testosterone include:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, in particular testosterone and DHEA, can restore the balance  and actively reduces cortisol levels in the body.
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When your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone, or if you have thyroid resistance, you can experience symptoms of mood disorders such as depression. Although an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and mood disorders are separate conditions, treating low thyroid can improve feelings of wellbeing. In fact, thyroid medication and BHRT can be more effective than antidepressants.
For many people, doctors often don’t connect thyroid, mood disorder, and depression. Low thyroid can cause symptoms similar to depression and low testosterone, so finding a doctor that knows what signs to look for is crucial.
Symptoms common with low thyroid and low testosterone:
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Many studies show how testosterone and thyroid as part of a hormone replacement program can relieve stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger issues, concentration problems, cognitive ability, and depression. There are many mechanisms at work here, from the beneficial psychological effects these hormones can have to the physical and health benefits BHRT can offer.
BHRT actively restores lost energy levels giving many men the motivation needed to make a positive change. Many men have low self-esteem and depression because of the common symptoms of sub-optimal hormone levels. If you look at the benefits associated with BHRT, you can see in plain sight how and why this therapy works for so many men struggling with low testosterone and mood disorders.
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