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Perimenopausal Depression: Unique Form of Depression Calls for an Alternative Approach with Dr. Eldred Taylor

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Studies show that anywhere from 20%–40% of perimenopausal women will experience depression.
Air Date: 4/10/20
Duration: 20:51
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Eldred Taylor, MD
Eldred Taylor, MD, is a well-known, dynamic speaker and expert on Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Taylor is the President of the American Functional Medicine Association, a national non-profit organization, which educates healthcare providers and the public on functional (wellness) medicine.
 
He is the co-author of two must- read books, Are Your Hormone Making You Sick? and The Stress Connection, and also a sought-after radio and television personality who has been featured in local and national publications.

EDUCATION

Chiropractic College of Pasadena Doctor of Chiropractic- December 1987

Licensed 1988

University of Calif., L.A. B.A. Philosophy-1983 Magna Cum Laude

Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner–Feb. 1995

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist–Aug. 1996

Certified FirstLine Therapy Nutrition Healthcare Provider–April 2007

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Member of the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council.

Member of American College of Sports Medicine.

Member National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Member American Society for Nutrition

Perimenopausal Depression: Unique Form of Depression Calls for an Alternative Approach with Dr. Eldred Taylor
Perimenopause usually occurs between ages 35-50.

Around this age ovulation in women is more erratic and the menstrual cycle becomes irregular. This is caused by an imbalance in female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen affects serotonin in the brain and progesterone affects a brain chemical called GABA.

Serotonin and GABA affect mood positively. A disruption in ovulation leads to a disruption in hormones, and this leads to a disruption in mood in the negative which leads to depression. Studies show that anywhere from 20%–40% of perimenopausal women will experience depression. 

Signs include irritability, lack of interest in activities, fatigue, lack of motivation, excessive sleeping or insomnia, weight gain, and cravings.

Dr. Eldred Taylor, author of Are Your Hormones Making You Sick?, joins Dr. Susanne to discuss more about this very unique form of depression, as well as the non-pharmaceutical treatment options available.
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