Holidays, Hormones and Depression

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BodyLogicMD Reports Link in Holiday Blues and Hormones

Dr Alicia Stanton BodyLogicMD Physician and CMO

Hormones may be closely associated with depression and sorting out hormone triggered depression from situational depression can be the helpful in coping with holiday stress.

For some people the holidays bring an overwhelming sense of too much to get done accompanied with stress and depression. BodyLogicMD hormone therapy experts say beating the holiday blues might be as simple as balancing your hormone levels. BodyLogicMD is a national network of anti-aging physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy integrated with nutrition and fitness.

"This is the time of year when patients increasingly complain about feeling overwhelmed, stressed and depressed. Unlike many doctors, whose first reaction might be to write a prescription for antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications, the doctors at BodyLogicMD work with our patients to resolve the core issue," said BodyLogicMD's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alicia Stanton. "Hormones may be closely associated with depression and sorting out hormone triggered depression from situational depression can be the helpful in coping with holiday stress."

In fact, holiday depression affects more than one million people a year. It is a very common emotional experience, triggered by a number of influences, including stress, fatigue, unrealistic holiday expectations, financial limitations, and family matters.

"Balanced hormones can improve one's ability to cope with holiday stress, while unbalanced hormones may amplify that stress," said Stanton.

Hormones that play a part in depression:
Estrogen - boosts serotonin which helps fight depression and promotes sleep. It also increases GABA, the calming neurotransmitter and raises endorphins, which help you feel good.
Progesterone - this hormone helps to balance estrogen, helps you sleep and has a natural calming effect. It also normalizes libido, is a natural diuretic and a natural antidepressant.
Cortisol - is also known as the stress hormone. Depression can be caused by too much as well as not enough cortisol. High levels of cortisol can create agitation, increased belly fat, insomnia and sugar cravings. Low levels can be associated with inability to handle stress, extreme fatigue, low libido and mood instability.

"Lowering stress levels and cortisol demand thorough exercise, meditation and massage, which in turn can help offset depression," said Stanton. "Measuring hormone levels with diagnostics such as blood, saliva and urine testing provides accurate results and offers the best overall insight on how to treat depression."

About BodyLogicMD
Founded in 2003, BodyLogicMD is a national network of anti-aging physicians specializing in natural bioidentical hormone therapy integrated with fitness and nutrition serving men and women suffering from hormonal imbalance, menopause and andropause. Suzanne Somers' latest book, "Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones," features BodyLogicMD as an expert source. BodyLogicMD currently has 16 locations in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. The most recent BodyLogicMD just opened in Houston, Texas.

For more information about BodyLogicMD, please visit http://www.bodylogicmd.com or contact Lisa Buyer at http://www.thebuyergroup.com.

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