Episode 58: Hormones, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Ross McKeachie, tells the story of his depression and how yoga and meditation helped him get through his darkest times, and inspired him to start his own business to help others to live their heart’s vision. Sunday, April 28, 2017.
Ross McKeachie’s website: https://www.liveheartvision.com/
Perimenopause, or menopause transition, begins several years before menopause. It’s the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier.
Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of perimenopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up. At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms.
Causes of Panic Disorders
Paranoia or panic disorders during menopause happens due to imbalances in key chemical messengers in the brain, known as neurotransmitters. Brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin are responsible for feelings of calm and happiness, while other chemical messengers such as norepinephrine regulate energy levels and “fight or flight” responses in crises. In particular, estrogen plays a key role in the brain’s production of serotonin.
As hormone levels of estrogen and other hormones begin to decline and fluctuate during menopause, brain chemistry can become altered. Serotonin levels can descend, and adrenaline levels can rise, affecting the way that women interpret events and people around them – and even how they perceive themselves. Chemical changes during menopause can lead to feelings of panic, dread and heightened self-consciousness.
The Female Brain – Louann Brizendine