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Many women in their 40's find themselves unusually sad, lonely, upset, melancholy, mentally exhausted or downright depressed. Women fall into two main types here.
Type 1
There are rational reasons why you feel this way. During this time in life you often have:
1) Children growing up and either going off to school or moving away
2) Difficulties show up in your relationships with spouse or family
3) Financial challenges
4) Problems because of the job you do or don't have
5) Health issues that you or your family have never had before

These potential problems are all things that can make you feel this way. Some of these reasons make people feel a little upset during their day, week or month. To other people, these same reasons can put them in such a funk that they have a hard time coping with their daily lives. If someone is seriously depressed and is worried about the emotional or physical consequences of this depression, they should see their physician and be evaluated to make sure something medically serious is not the cause of it. If it isn't anything "serious" they will usually be put on anti-depressants and sent on their way.  

Type 2
There are other women who have some of the same feelings but don't really have any reasons to be feeling that way. Their lives are relatively stable and by most standards, they should be "happy". If they go in for evaluation and are designated as "normal", the same treatment will usually be given, anti-depressants.  

Counseling or therapy can be a wonderful aide to getting to the bottom of and resolving an issue, if there is one. But in many of these cases in both types, women's brain chemistry is unbalanced. Their body's Neurotransmitters are off; Serotonin and Dopamine, which make you happy, productive and effective, can be off. Most anti-depressants are designed to hold on to as many of these as they can. The problem is that these same anti-depressants often end up depleting or decreasing the Neurotransmitters that you have. That's why people have to increase or change the dosage so often for them to stay effective.  

Adrenal fatigue and female hormone imbalance contribute to this issue. Recently there has been an increase in the Natural treatment of balancing Neurotransmitters. The person does not stop or go off their medications but adjusts them with the cooperation of their physician as symptoms improve. There are safe Amino Acids that turn into these chemicals in your brain that can enhance your feelings of well-being. Your Adrenal glands also contribute a great deal to this delicate balance and if those glands are weak or depleted, the imbalance may be more likely to be present.  

Here's a link to a website where Medical research with the University of Minnesota and John Hopkins University is being done successfully with these natural products.
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If you are responding well to typical Medical treatment, then you should stay where you are and enjoy it but if something's NOT working, maybe it's time to try something else.


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      Mz. Queen wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • Hallelujah, I’m not depressed just menopausal.

      There are rational reasons why you feel this way. During this time in life you often have:
      1) Children growing up and either going off to school or moving away
      2) Difficulties show up in your relationships with spouse.
      3) Financial challenges
      4) Problems because of the job you do or don't have
      5) Health issues that you or your family have never had before.

      1,2,and 3, but I’m working through those three everyday and still enjoying my life at the same time.



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • Amen....I fall under the rational reasons..2,3& 4..at least I know I am not nuts!! #2..just broke up with that problem (though not a spouse)...and working on 3 & 4....and I can still smile through it all!! Thanks for the great article!!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • Ok I’m pretty sure I am Type 1....

      Dr M I really like how you are doing this in a series. Thx!



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • I’m a Type 1. Thanks for writing these!happy



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      Myrna Perez wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • It’s a very tough time right now!



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      Thereseann wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • So true! We are going mentally and physically into one of the greatest changes of our lives! Plus, some of us have had events that critically rocked our world. What I find is that I have to explain all this stuff to those around me. That can really depress too. Mainly, because I get sick of pointing out the obvious.



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • I can say that I’ve had two episodes where I got in a real “funk“.  The first time it hit me was in a training class where I work.  The trainer (who I really didn’t like anyway) just set me off because of her personality and the way she responded to people who are learning.  Usually I would have been mad and told her how she was treating me and others.  Instead I felt like a ticking time bomb about to explode...literally explode with tears.  Thankfully after that happened we broke for lunch and I was able to go and talk it out with a co worker and regroup.  But the rest of the day I felt drained and like I had been through some emotional life changing event.  

      The next time I just woke up and I could tell I was different.  I could easily bite your head off and just not in a good mood at all...and I knew it.  I told all of my co-workers I knew something wasn’t right and it had to be my hormones and I went on and apologized for anything I may or do...lol.  It lasted about week.  I didn’t take anything but I did try to alter my diet and I did increase my exercise.  

      Both times I KNEW something was different...not just a “I’m not in a good mood day” or something bothering me according to the list you provided above.  I had no reasons accept the trainer really ticking me off but my reaction to that was different.  

      So would you consider having just these two episodes a valid reason NOT to take anything just yet?  I really do hate taking meds of any kind.  For the most part....I’m in a good happy go lucky mood all the time.  I just want something to take to help me get through a short episode verses long term.



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • I've always been a very optimistic person – the type that's glass is overflowing – now people expect you to be
      " bipperty bopperty boo "  all the time –but  some days I don't feel that way and people think but you should be and get them motivated ...

      Some days I just want to be left alone and just be quiet and get on with things of my own not running round being a bloody cheerleader ....

      I think it's with me being tired more and also fed up of my illness and because of the illness not having the energy – so thinking what energy I have why should I give it to others .....I'm actually having a check up on my adrenal gland next week ....

      Like Mary I had a seminal moment and now I look back and see it as a blessing because it made folk back off .........



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      Coachmombabe wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Vicki and Mary Clark, I think you are describing me! I haven’t had a blow-up moment, but I have warned others around me that I was on the edge.  

      I have a great life, I love the people I work with and for. I love my kids, grandkids, and husband, oh, and my pets. But I feel I have developed a “mean streak” because of my crabbiness. I absolutely hate it. This is not who I am.



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • My friend said the menopause is life's way of saying okay you have been a giver all your life – giving to family, friends, work and it's nature's way of saying – it's your time and the moods are to tell folk to back off so you suddenly can do that as you have a character change .......

      I like that view and it's a stance I'm taking ...... especially when I'm stood on a hot sweaty subway train and I've got someone's sweaty armpit in my face and I'm so wishing I had a taser gun in my bag so I could stun them and kick them off at the next stop !



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • Vicki I like that view too! I think we need to make a movement around that...



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      Marya1961 wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • I’m on the whole anti-depressant thing and it helps, especially when you have a condition that warrants it...but you couple that with having all your vital female organs taken out and it can spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E.  I tell my family to leave me be, my friends realize this when they don’t hear from me for a whole week and luckily, there are no co-workers involved....still wish I could don a new image and take off for a desert island, sometimes..estatic



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • There are other ways to deal with this! Problems associated with Menopause have become accepted by women because so many women have them. But that doesn’t mean it’s “normal“. It just means it’s typical. With all the low quality food, toxins, artificial hormones and medications people are on, it’s no wonder their bodies don’t function “normally“.  

      These aren’t “meds“, they‘re Amino Acids, the building blocks of proteins. The reason you don’t know about them or see them in a hundred stupid medication commercials a day is because they‘re natural so the pharmaceutical companies can’t patent them and make any money off of them.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 15, 2009
    • We all need what are called Essential Amino Acids. But the AA that work more directly with the Neurotransmitters are called 5HTP and Tyrosine. The amounts needed should be specific to their individual circumstances. Even if someone is eating good foods, they don’t always assimilate or absorb things as well as they should if they have any kind of digestive problems which can be caused by parasites, bacteria or pathogens. If the Adrenals are weak, they don’t make SigA which helps the Mucosal Membrane lining of everything from the sinuses to the end of the intestines. That will alter absorption also.



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 31, 2009
    • Dr. Madden I had my adrenal glands checked last week after reading your posts – my doctor knows nothing about the menopause – I got her to read your posts I emailed the information.
      Apparently my glands were not firing on all cylinders so I'm seeing a specialist – the doctor is now going to incorporate this check up into everyone who comes in about the menopause ..

      So huge thanks from across the ocean



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 31, 2009
    • Dear Vicki,
      Glad to hear that your adrenals are a problem, because if you get them the right care, many other things will improve in your life also. Regarding the “specialist“, please don’t be talked into taking any medication for your adrenals. If you need someone in England that does what I do, I can get you their names and locations. What were the results of your adrenal test?



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 31, 2009
    • Dear Termagsea,
      I recommend you get your adrenals and hormone levels checked to see where you are with everything. I bet you're Estrogen dominant after all the HRT over the years.In your profile, you mention that you never want to go to sleep. That may have more to do with an abnormal cortisol level at night than your enthusiasm for what you're doing at that time. Your depression could very well be tied to your hormone levels also. Go to my website and look at the saliva testing information. if you have any questions before or after, let me know. But don't keep doing what you've always done if it's not working.

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