For women with depression, it’s not easy to know if hormones are at fault; try these methods:
#1 Ask family or friends
It’s likely that those people closest to you, especially those who live with you, may be aware of a pattern in your moods across the menstrual cycle or perhaps related to a specific hormone treatment. It’s often the case that our family or friends notice changes in our moods before we notice them in ourselves.
#2 Keep a record
It’s a good practice to keep a journal of your mood symptoms and related factors like sleep, exercise, menstruation cycle and stressors to help in finding a connection to depression. It is simple to add a brief notation about when your period starts and stops to identify whether there is any connection. Looking for a pattern over several months makes the most sense, since any single month may be atypical for a range of reasons.
#3 Talk to your doctor or therapist
Involve your mental health clinician in determining whether your mood issues are related to hormonal events. Be certain to share any prior experience when your mood problems became prominent or worse in the week before your period, during pregnancy or after you gave birth, as you approached menopause, or while on a specific hormone medication.
Read the full article: “Depression & Women: How Hormones Can Affect Your Mood”
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