Everything in life and in our body is interconnected, there is nothing that is completely physical or solely emotional, or just mental, or only spiritual, they are all connected. When you experience panic attacks or severe anxiety, or obsessive thoughts, or mood swings, etc. you need to look at your being as a whole, as these are not only emotional, mental, or physical. How do panic attacks occur? The reason is complex – it could be an unresolved situation, some irrational fears or it could be a hormonal imbalance. Same with anxiety – you will see that most of the stress related diseases and conditions are happening as a result of high stress and anxiety is one of the symptoms.
What If It is Hormonal Imbalance?
A lot of people are searching for psychological help and very often they start taking antidepressants as a way to soothe panic attacks or anxiety attacks. However, there are stories of women who would go for years on medications not knowing that the body is experiencing hormonal imbalance which is affecting the mind and the emotions. The hormonal balance in women changes with age – the estrogen gets higher or lower, the thyroid hormones are going down, the stress hormones are going up. And it is not only about age, during different periods or phases in your life, the hormonal balance in your body will change responding to the change that is outside, for example, pregnancy, marriage, loss of a parent, changing jobs, etc.
How then a hormonal imbalance would affect your mental and emotional state? All the hormones in the female body are interconnected – the thyroid hormones are low and the estrogen is going up, the prolactin levels are high and the stress hormones are going up too, the estrogen is high and the stress hormones are going up too. Which is the first to get out of order is hard to say as they all influence the other.
Thyroid Issues, Panic Attacks and Obsessions
Do you know that if you suddenly start experiencing panic attacks, it could be a sign that your thyroid gland is not functioning properly? As it is mentioned above when the thyroid is in hypofunction, the estrogen and stress hormones are also going up. It could also be the opposite, the low cortisol will also affect the thyroid gland. Obsessive thoughts, emotional breakdown, severe anxiety, etc, they all can occur if your thyroid is not functioning the way it should be. So, if you experience some of these, check your thyroid hormones as one in four women worldwide is having a thyroid issue nowadays.
Estrogen Dominance, Anxiety, Insomnia and Mood Swings
When the estrogen if too high, the thyroid hormones would not be optimal, the stress hormones would be too high or too low (like very low cortisol) and you might experience also mood swings, hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, increased irritability, sudden anger or sadness, obsessive thoughts, fears, migraines, etc. This is a pretty impressive list and that is only a part of it. Due to the spread of plastic usage in our society, to the chemicals in food and cosmetics, many women are going through an estrogen dominance phase in their life without even knowing it. And most of them are looking for psychological help only when they would need to take steps to increase the progesterone, to lower the prolactin and to get rid of this excess estrogen from the liver and the fat tissue.
Adrenal Fatigue, Burnout, Panic Attacks, Anxiety and Chronic Fatigue
When there is a continuous stress in your life, the adrenal glands are trying to cope with it and produce a lot of the stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline. At one point, these little glands would get overwhelmed and mild adrenal fatigue would occur coming with symptoms like inability to fall asleep or sleeping too much, chronic fatigue, brain fog, anxiety and panic attacks. The severe adrenal fatigue is called burnout when the adrenals are just not functioning. As it was mentioned above, the higher the stress hormones are, the lower are the thyroid hormones, the higher are prolactin and estrogen. The stress response is the root of all that and you might need a psychologist to help you with your stress response and patterns, or you can try yoga, meditation or mountain bike, but after all you need to take of everything that is a part of your being, as it is all interconnected.
*Recommended coMra treatment protocols for Hormonal Imbalance from the Web App of the coMra User Guide: Endocrinology 2 and Universal 5
To start using coMra, first search your health issue in the coMra User Guide ( you can use the Web app, download the mobile version or as a pdf file). If you can find it, start applying the relevant to it treatment protocol. If you do not find it, start with coMra Universal 3 and coMra Universal 5 protocols. If you have questions and need support by an expert, please contact us.