Hormonal havoc cause of major depression?
I've only recently looked at my hormonal status as being the fundamental cause for my depression; toxicity and vitamin/mineral imbalances are all addressed, so when my depression sustained, another reason was to be revealed. I have been approaching my mental health issues with not only nutritional therapy, but (in recent weeks) homoeopathics. I have not yet started using the cream, but I'm keen to hear of others' experiences with the cream eleviating depression. I was on an antidepressant for 5 years (post natal depressive episode in 2005) but slowly weaned, after thinking I had addressed all possible reasons for my depression. Not so! Major relapse, unfortuantely. I think it's important for me to say that the antidepressant made my depression SO much worse before it made any improvement. However, it DID improve my mood after months of slowly upping the dose. I hadn't felt that great in years! Can anyone explain to me how antidepressants effect a hormonal imbalance? I have trouble understanding this . . . . natural amino acids such as Tryptohan and 5-HTP don't lift my mood. Would these take time, 2 - 6 weeks before having an effect?
I never wanted to be on an antidepressant. I appreciate it is a 'band-aid' to something underlying. It has been revealed that I have an issue (not sure what) with my left ovary, and this is hampering the effectiveness of my homoeopathic (hormone balancing) remedy. I have since been given another remedy to address this -- early days. I'm considering using the cream to get things back in balance. Any thoughts, stories or ideas to share, please?
One last thing -- in September 2008 I had an internal ultrasound, as I was concerned about my painful ovulation. The report states: "some small echogenic foci are noted in relation to the myometrium this could be due to very small fibroids. The largest is only 3mm in diameter. The right ovarian volume is 5.1ml and the left 3.8ml. 17 follicles are seen on the right with 18 on the left. The appearances raise the possibility of polycystic change." My Doc. wasn't concerned by any of this, but obviously, there is something there? I think I'll have another ultrasound soon; see what changes, if any, have occured over the last 2 years.
For some background, I'm 37 years old, have 3 children (one miscarriage) and have never had any problem conceiving. My periods started around 16, prior to this, I suffered horrible migraines starting around the age of 9. My periods were few and far between until I went on the Pill around 19 years of age. I was on/off the Pill for a while, and stopped around 2000; not long before I fell pregnant with my first child. My first major depressive episode was in 1998. Breastfeeding stops my menstruation for a good 2 years (long term b'fed babes!) but when my period returns, it is on a normal 28 day cycle, with painful ovulation NOT menstruation. I have never diarised my moods; some days/times/moments are just much harder than others. My depression is not reactionary to external happenings. It is fairly chronic. It starts internal as a dip in mood - a feeling. Sometimes it intensifies; sometimes it does not. The negative thoughts (due to the fear of never getting better) follow.
Thanks to all who share their stories/experiences and help!