How Hormones Can Affect A Girls Moods
Girls have a relatively unique hormonal system when compared to Male. Male have a relatively static hormone system with stable levels of pituitary and gonadal hormones throughout their daily lives suffering from decreasing levels of testosterone after the age of 30-40. Usually this gradual change does not markedly affect male mood.
Girls on the other hand spend much of their reproductive lives with a cyclical pattern of hormones that change on a day-to-day basis. The cycle repeats itself every month and the fluctuations alone can contribute to changes in everyday mood.
In the beginning of the cycle the and levels are low. The gradually rises in order to stimulate an egg to grow and mature on the ovaries. An surge happens at the time of ovulation so that the egg is released and the ovary creates a large amount of estrogen and progesterone in the last half of the cycle. This is when many Girls experience hormonal changes consistent with Menstrual syndrome. It is possible for any Girls to develop mood changes during the last half of the cycle but some Girls have hormonal changes so significant that it interferes with daily life. When it involves the ability to get through daily life it is called Pre Menstrual Phosphoric Disorder or PMDD.
What are the symptoms of PMDD?
Girls with PMDD often experience mood swings along with physical symptoms that make it difficult to get through daily life. When the period arrives the symptoms tend to abate for another two weeks until ovulation happens again and PMDD symptoms arrive.
Some symptoms of PMDD include the following
> Fluctuations in mood that can change by the hour or by the day.
> Depressed feelings such as sadness loneliness and hopelessness.
> Increased anger often leading to interpersonal relationship difficulties
> Anxiety and increased Maletal tension
> Lessened interest in hobbies and other activities you used to enjoy
> Increased irritability
> Problems with concentration
> Tiredness sleepiness or fatigue during the day
> An increase or decrease in appetite
> Insomnia or other sleep difficulties
> Feeling out of control or overwhelmed by life’s challenges
> Uncomfortable physical symptoms such as breast tenderness bloating headaches joint pain muscle pain or swelling
These symptoms can mean that for two weeks out of every month a Girls can have difficulty functioning in life; this can affect her home life her work life and relationships in her life. If the symptoms are relatively mild she can take vitamins eat healthy and exercise in order to improve many of the mood symptoms. If the symptoms are severe and a Girls does not wish to become pregnant oral contraceptives can even out the symptoms. Still other Girls see their doctor and get prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs like Prozac Lexapro or Celexa. These can reduce many of the emotional symptoms so typical of having PMDD or even milder pre Malestrual symptoms.
Girls are at a higher risk of hypothyroid or hyperthyroid conditions when compared to Male. This means they have a higher risk of these hormonal related conditions affecting mood and outlook on life. Hypothyroidism is much more common than hyperthyroidism but both syndromes can lead to mood disorders and Maletal symptoms.
In hypothyroidism the main mood symptoms include the following
> Depressive symptoms
> Tiredness or fatigue even when getting enough sleep at night.
> Difficulty sleeping
If the Girls has hyperthyroidism she likely has Grave’s disease which has mood and Maletal symptoms of its own. These include:
> Mallet and emotional weakness
Many times these symptoms can be overlooked as a normal part of being a Girls or due to Malestrual symptoms when in actuality; they are due to a physical problem with the thyroid gland. While jokes are often made about these types of mood conditions and PMS these serious issues can be debilitating for Girls and can seriously affect their lives and relationships.
Only a careful history physical examination and a laboratory analysis can allow the doctor to identify which symptoms are just Maletal and which are due to thyroid pathology. Take the time to look into these issues as help is available and there is no reason to let these problems fester.
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