Depression during andropause, can it be hormones? Can hormones cause depression? Depression in men can be due to hormonal imbalances according to several researchers.
What are the symptoms of depression?
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
How Do Hormones Affect Depression in Men?
Testosterone: Testosterone deficiency has been linked with depression in men as testosterone plays an important role in mood regulation (Zitzmann 2006; Delhez 2003). In other studies, men were more likely to be depressed if their total and/or free testosterone levels are low; these included those with heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and the elderly (Jankowska 2010; Zarrouf 2009).
Thyroid Hormone (T3): Low levels of thyroid hormone may also contribute to male andropause depression. Low levels of T3 (a thyroid hormone) coincide with decrease serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter hormone which effects mood and behavior.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid disease, can cause a person’s mood to swing between overly active to overly depressed. These swings can mimic the symptoms of bipolar disorder and cause misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment (Chang 1998; Kupka 2002; Cole 2002; Frye 1999).
Bio-Identical Hormone Treatment for Menopause Depression
A number of studies link hormonal imbalances to various depressive disorders. The relationship between hormone imbalances and depression makes natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy an effective treatment for male andropause depression (Cunningham 2009; Parcells 2010; Bloch 2011; Sundermann 2010).
Where can I get more information?
Contact Great Earth Compounding Pharmacy, for a referral to a physician near you that specializes in natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.