Menopause Mood Swings | Perimenopause Treatment & Answers

– Are you irritable,
anxious, and depressed, and you’re pretty sure it’s your hormones? Let’s talk about how to treat your perimenopausal mood swings. (gentle music) Perimenopause is the ultimate
hormonal roller coaster, probably more so than puberty. That’s because you’ve had 25 to 30 years of stable hormone levels, and now they’re all over the
place, and so are your moods. One minute, you’re feeling
kind of angsty, on edge, nervous, anxious about something that you can’t quite put your finger on, and the next, you’re
in a rage, so irritable you feel like you’re going
to climb out of your skin. Everything gets on your nerves. You may say or do things you regret later, then you plummet into feeling
so sad, so sorry for yourself and so miserable that it feels like quicksand is sucking you
into a hole of depression. Welcome to the perimenopausal mood swings. People either avoid you,
or they try to help you like saying, “Maybe it’s your hormones,” and you know it is, but in the moment, you’re drowning in tidal
waves of erratic emotion. I can’t tell you how many
of my patients come to me after being offered antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications
by another healthcare provider rather than addressing
their hormonal imbalance. No, we can’t fix perimenopause,
but can make it much easier. We can soften the mood swings
by treating the core issue. Your moods are all over the
place because your hormones are. We can get your hormones
back into balance two ways. One is to use supplemental
hormone therapy. Not replacement therapy, because you’re still making hormones, just not as much as you’re used to, and your brain is missing the amount of estrogen and
progesterone it used to get on a regular monthly basis. Your sex hormones keep your
central nervous system healthy, and with less hormones,
you have a misfiring brain, so you can start
bioidentical progesterone, taking it the second half of your cycle. I know your periods are all
over the place right now, but adding supplemental progesterone can help regulate your
cycles and your moods. You can also try supporting
your hypothalamus to even out your mood swings. Your hypothalamus is the
gatekeeper of your emotions. It provides all the
amino acids to your brain to produce neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine. When serotonin and dopamine
get out of balance, your mood swings from
anxious to depressed. When you support your
hypothalamus nutritionally with amino acids specifically formulated for optimal hypothalamic functioning, sea vegetation, whole
sprouted plant foods, rich in phytonutrients, your
brain chemistry balances out and so do your hormonal mood swings. When I was going through
perimenopause myself, my mood swings were the most
disruptive part of my life. It disrupted my practice, it
disrupted my relationships. Thankfully, I was able to support my hypothalamus with Genesis Gold to help keep my brain
chemistry in balance, plus using Genesis Gold all these years has put off menopause about 10 years compared to other women in my family. Later menopause means
a little slower aging. Now, there was a gift in these
perimenopausal mood swings. They forced me to do deeper soul work. I find that’s true of many of my patients going through the hormonal
roller coaster of perimenopause. The effect of prominent emotions can highlight your beliefs
that limit your growth. So let’s get back in balance and use this time to figure
out how to have your best life through menopause and beyond. If you’d like more help, please sign up for our
Hormone Reboot training, where you’ll get access to
our hormone support group to keep the conversation going. One more thing your
brain needs nutritionally to counterbalance your
perimenopausal mood swings is essential fatty acids. The best source are fish oils to provide both forms of
Omega-3s, EPA and DHA. Omega-3s promote healthy
neurons and brain chemistry, plus you need these essential fats to have healthy cell
membranes and receptor sites to allow hormones and
neurotransmitters in to do their job. 2,000 milligrams daily of fish oil is recommended for
perimenopausal mood swings, although some patients, especially those with
underlying mood disorders, need twice that much. Eating fatty fish can help
bolster your Omega-3s, too. If you’re a vegetarian, you
can use algae-derived DHA as an alternative to fish oils. 395 milligrams daily of DHA
should be the sufficient amount to balance your
perimenopausal mood swings. Check out my video for more ways to help treat anxiety and
depression in menopause.

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