Hormones and mental health

There are several hormones that have a strong correlation with emotional well-being. Imbalances created in hormone levels could lead to mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

Common hormones affecting mental health

  • Thyroid hormone
    Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) can have several impacts on mental health such as forgetfulness, fatigue, mental slowness, inattention, and emotional lability. The predominant affective disorder experienced is depression.

  • Progesterone
    Low levels of progesterone can trigger symptoms like anxiety, PMS, premenstrual headaches, and depression.

  • Estrogen
    A decrease in estrogen levels can lead to mood swings in most women. Physical symptoms include fatigue, difficulty in concentration, weight gain etc.

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Lifestyle changes

Incorporating certain lifestyle changes such as getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep, regular physical exercise and a healthy nutritious diet can help in stress management which plays a significant role in dealing with symptoms of emotional distress.


Mental health challenges associated with hormonal changes can become difficult to cope with. Talk therapy can be extremely beneficial.


The most important step to address psychological impacts of hormonal imbalances is to look for the root cause. Balanced hormone levels enhance your emotional well-being.

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