From puberty through post-menopause, women experiences a continuous cycle of hormonal fluctuations that affect brain chemistry and circuitry, and hence influence emotions, mood and behavior which makes her behave in very sarcastic way. Unfortunately, this has often been an attempt to consign women to a “biologically” determined place of inferior mental functioning.
To brief about physiology of hormones -gonadal hormones (oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are produced by the gonads (the ovaries and testes) in response to other precursor hormones found in the pituitary gland and other brain areas. During puberty period, emphasis on pre menstrual syndrome and its effects on a woman’s moods seems blown out of proportion, especially in light of the fact that a woman’s life is a continuum of hormonal upheavals that affect her moods, with major hormonal change, many girls experience various mood swings and other changes in mental health.
Some women who take certain types of birth control pills experience depressive symptoms with irritability, loss of enjoyment and even suicidal thoughts. Hormonally speaking, there is no doubt that pregnancy is one of the most volatile times in a woman’s life. The combination of hormonal changes and imminent lifestyle changes wreaks havoc on most women’s moods and emotions.
Postnatal depression and psychosis are key mental illnesses related to childbirth and have a major hormonal component to the onset and course of illness. This is thought to be triggered by the sudden, rapid drop in the high levels of pregnancy hormones shortly after birth. In fact, some women never seem to recover the same emotional stability that they had prior to having a child.
During the transition to menopause (perimenopause) women experience major hormonal shifts. At this time, they are 14 times more likely than usual to experience depression. It affects women differently than other types of depression, causing anger, irritability, poor concentration, memory difficulties, low self-esteem, poor sleep and weight gain.
So totally in her life she can’t be that woman of her own. Her emotional health is inextricably linked to hormones.