Hormones & Mental Health

Emma Henry - 5th Hour

Medical Advances

  • Hormone treatments offer a more natural approach to mental health.
  • Estrogen replacement therapy has been used to try to protect older women against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Hormone replacement therapy is prescribed to women to reduce the symptoms of menopause.
  • Replacing some of the female hormones that the body stops making may help ward off many diseases.
  • Replacing hormones in men can reduce the effects of aging, including decline in intellectual functioning, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Researchers think that they might be able to use the hormone oxytocin to remedy symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • For addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or even food, it might be possible to block pleasure hormones that reward these behaviors.

Negative vs Positive Effects


  • Sex hormones can influence the brain development in the young, memory in the elderly, and may also explain why men tend to develop neurological problems (i.e. autism and dyslexia) while women suffer from depression and anxiety.
  • Hormones change at adolescence due to puberty. This results in an increase of mood lability, mood intensity, and irritability.
  • Feelings of depression or anxiety may be one of the first signs that your thyroid (a gland in your neck that produces a hormone crucial for growth, development, and everyday function) is not working properly.
  • Hormones can also temporarily fall out of balance during certain points of a woman's menstrual cycle as well as right after having a baby.
  • High androgen hormone levels or high steroid levels can lead to an increase in hair on the face, back, chest and abdomen.
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke.


  • Hormones are substances produced in our bodies to regulate our biological activities.
  • Growth hormones control our development. Stress hormones are released when our bodies detect a threat.
  • The hormone oxytocin increases trust and helps aid in social bonding.

Interpersonal Communication

If you think, or know, you have a hormone imbalance you should talk to your doctor. They will most likely refer you to a specialist. You would:
  • express your concern
  • and talk about possible treatments
If your hormone imbalance is severely impacting your mental health, you go see a psychologist immediately. You would:
  • talk about how your illness if affecting your health
  • and what you can work on to fix it

Media Influences

  • On a television series "The Doctors", the doctors had a discussion about hormones effecting weight loss (or gain), acne, male-pattern hair loss and abnormal menstrual cycles. One of their guests Sheri, had been experiencing these things and was diagnosed with PCOS. On the same episode, the doctors discussed the influence of Oxytocin within the body. Also, they talked about the sleep hormone melatonin and how low melatonin levels can increase your chances of getting breast cancer.
  • Media analyses of film and print have resulted in the identification of three misconceptions about people suffering from mental illness. They are viewed as either a homicidal maniacs, they are rebellious, free spirits, or they have childlike insights about the world.


Local Source-
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Emma Henry

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