Can hormonal imbalance involving progesterone affect the mind? According to experts, yes, it can. After all, progesterone is nature’s “anti-anxiety hormone.” Moreover, it has the following functions:
- Supports GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical that helps the brain relax.
- Protects the nerves
- Supports the myelin sheath, the layer covering the brain cells; myelin sheath insulates the neuron and promotes communication between nerves.
Therefore, it stands to reason that an imbalance in progesterone may result in symptoms like:
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Low sex drive
The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which regulates the body’s metabolic rate (energy use). Surprisingly, this hormone also influences the brain.
For one, researchers discovered that the brain scans of people who have low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) show “overall decreased brain activity.” This can lead to memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and even psychosis.
On the other hand, too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can make you feel “edgy.” Symptoms like restlessness, racing thoughts, memory problems, attention problems, and mania (elevated mood) may also occur.