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    Hormonal Depression

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    I'm treating a woman for anxiety and depression at the moment, and there seems to be a hormonal component to her depression as she describes having a '2 week window' every month where she feels much more stable. I'm going to recommend increasing her consumption of the right sort of fats because it's a safe thing to do and the link to hormonal production is clear, but I wondered if anyone here has personal experience of hormonally-driven depression, and what helped?

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    Progesterone cream definitely helped my cyclical mood swings. I use Pro-gest.

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    A MAJOR cause of depression is Vitamin D Deficiency.
    http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vdds.shtml

    Put her on 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 daily, and in 3 months do a blood test to adjust the dosage up or down.
    * 10,000 IU D3 Gelcaps Daily to achieve correct blood level in most people
    -Proper 25(OH)D Blood Level is 60-70 ng/ml Toxicity overdose > 120-130 ng/ml
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/se...el/vitamin%20D

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    yes, definitely the fat, i have noticed that i am more stable if i stay away from the starches during ovulation and stick to more leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. and no sugar. which sucks, because when you're ovulating, all you wanna do is stuff chocolate up in your face.


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    Great stuff, thanks a lot for the help folks.
    when you're ovulating, all you wanna do is stuff chocolate up in your face.
    LMAO!

    Any more hormonally-steadying tips before I put together a suggestions list for her?

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    Of course, depression is hormonally related in women! I used to joke with my family that if I ever committed suicide, it would be the day before my period arrived. I used to get intense, bleak moods of depression, and a check of the calendar always assured me that it was 'just hormones.'

    Many women in middle age suffer from depression because they're undiagnosed hypothyroid. I deficiency in thyroid hormones always causes depression, and hypo is more common in women.

    You're 'treating' this woman? Are you an MD? I don't think anyone should be messing with hormones who isn't medically qualified. You cannot 'steady' hormones with diet. It's far more complex that that!

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    @Emmie
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    & other ladies,

    Study after study has linked Vitamin D Deficiency to PMS. Here is just one of thousands of reports:
    http://www.fightingfatigue.org/?p=2045

    Is your Vitamin D 25(OH)D Blood level optimal at 60-70 ng/ml ?
    If not, it might be worthwhile taking 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 daily for a few months to see if your PMS improves.
    Then get your blood tested to adjust your dosage up or down as required for an optimal reading.
    I am looking forward to some feedback from the ladies on this topic.

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    I've been taking fish oil, vitamin D, and B complex and my mood is much more stable throughout the month

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    I'm sure that Vit D would be helpful but I doubt having optimal Vit D will prevent or cure a hormone imbalance of estrogen/progesterone. Pretty much every woman I know can say a lot about her personal experience with mood swings during their menstrual cycles. Personally I would get depressed, anxious, and irritable as my estrogen level dropped at the end of my cycle. This is the classic "PMS." (Not to ignore those killer migraines!)

    Later after menopause both estrogen and progesterone levels drop (but not at the same rate) and many women report depression at this time as well.

    In lieue of actual hormone testing by someone who knows how to treat the issues of imbalanced sex hormones, it would be safe to focus on keeping one's blood sugar as stable as possible (we know how to do that), getting optimum levels of Vitamin D, anti-inflammatory O3 balance, and increasing exercise. Also avoid grains and sugar, excess caffeine and alcohol.
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