There are various causes for depression in women and among the leading is depression with periods. This phenomena has been studied for decades and even within the last few years, researchers have been able to identify some solidified reasons as to why the onset of a woman’s menstrual cycle also brings about the blues.
Since the biological process involves hormones within the body are become unbalanced, notably the amount of estrogen that facilitates or decreases will affect our moods. As there’s a shift within the secretion balance, ladies typically become additionally irritable or cranky, have headaches, lost interest in activities that they normally would like and may have some anxiety.
Depression with periods and its symptoms is commonly known as PMS or premenstrual syndrome and during this time is not unusual to feel on edge, a disinterest in enjoyable activities, nausea and to experience headaches.
There is a difference it seems from depression that is caused by other things such as life events or from mental imbalances than the depression brought on by periods. While other types of depression can last a couple weeks or for months on end, the depression that is linked to periods and PMS will only hang around from a week before the menstrual cycle starts and will then dissipate as the period ends. Current research shows that as much as 75% of women will regularly experience depression while having their period and fewer (about 10%) have more exceptional and severe symptoms while menstruating. For these women, physical symptoms that mimic the flu, migraines and loss of interest in activities is common.
Doctors offer few medical cures for PMS because the symptoms are rapid and often are dismissed once their period comes to an end. Most women choose to incorporate natural remedies into their daily living and concentrate on making changes to their diet and exercise as a way to lessen the depression associated with periods.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
PMDD also causes depression with periods, however this is something that is a bit different than regular depression with periods. PMDD is an actual diagnosis and the symptoms are much more severe than normal depression associated with PMS. It is thought that between 3-8% of women have PMDD every month and for those who have it eating binges, feeling out of control, binge drinking, panic attacks and physical symptoms are all typical things that are experienced. Those with PMDD often are encouraged to make lifestyle changes, but are also typically prescribed an anti-depressant.
Natural Remedies for Depression with Periods
* Changing eating habits to include more fruits and vegetables
* Get regular sleep (at least 8 hours)
* Practice Yoga and respiratory
* Regulate sleeping habits and commit to getting at least 7-8 hours per night
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