Hormones are chemicals that are produced in the body’s endocrine glands. In a sense, all hormones function as the means of carrying messages to different parts of the body. When the hormones are in perfect balance, everything is likely to function properly. If one or more hormones are out of balance, serious issues will develop. Here are some examples of what can happen to individuals when some kind of hormonal imbalance develops.
Mood Swings and Emotional Illness
A hormonal imbalance has a significant impact on the emotions. A person may seem happy one moment and suddenly become easily irritated. Someone who is normally easy to get along with may become argumentative. A happy person may develop a profound sadness for no apparent reason.
In some cases, the situation may escalate to the point the individual develops mild to moderate depression. That may or may not be accompanied by Generalized Anxiety Disorder or some form of panic disorder. Until the imbalance is corrected, the emotional issues will continue to worsen.
The problem may begin with an inability to get to sleep as easily as in the past. Before long, the individual is waking up during the night and finds it hard to get back to sleep. Even with sleep, the person feels tired when morning comes. That’s because the sleep was not deep enough to be recuperative. Restoring the balance of hormones paves the way for getting a full night of restful sleep and feeling great in the morning.
Shifts in Libido
A change in libido is often associated with a hormonal imbalance. The interest in intimacy declines and nothing seems to reverse that lack of interest. This is especially frustrating for people who have enjoyed intimacy in the past and suddenly find they have no interest. It can also lead to relationship problems with spouses or partners.
Gender Specific Changes
Men and women also experience changes in physical and emotional well being that are unique to their genders. Women will find that a hormonal imbalance adversely affects the menstrual cycle. The interference is manifested in additional pain, more spotting, and an unusual amount of bloating. The period may become irregular and in general be more painful than usual.
The bottom line is that hormonal imbalances undermine the proper function of the body and the mind. Choosing to find a medical professional and arrange for testing will identify if any hormones are out of balance and make it possible to begin undergoing therapy. To schedule a consultation, call or visit us at FamWell MD today! We have two locations in Jacksonville, FL.