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The male hormone testosterone is frequently associated with aggression and, well, manliness. But testosterone has a wider role to play with moods and one that could well be implicated in depression.
It has been known for some time that depleted levels of testosterone is associated with a number of conditions. In a fairly recent study, featured in the Archives of General Psychiatry, men aged 70 and over with the lowest levels of testosterone were three times more likely to be depressed. Last month, Nicole Carrier and Mohamed Kabbaj, scientists at Florida State University, were reported to have discovered a specific brain pathway that influences the effects of testosterone on moods.
Testosterone, it appears, has a protective function against depression. Professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Harrison Pope, points out that ever since the 1940s, experiments with testosterone showed that depressive symptoms could be relieved. His own early experiment with th...
Well, the short answer is yes. The long answer has a few conditions and gets a bit more complicated.
Loss of libido (sex drive) remains a common, usually untreated symptom in postmenopausal women, even though decades of studies universally show that replacement of testosterone has a significant impact on a number of parameters, including desire, frequency, satisfaction, pleasure, fantasy and orgasms.
The first book to come out on the importance of testosterone to women was The Hormone of Desire by Susan Rako. Dr. Rako linked decreasing desire in perimenopause and beyond to the decreasing levels of testosterone in a woman's blood stream. Still, the medical community has been very slow to consider the fact that women actually have significant levels of testosterone in their blood. In fact, the ovaries produce 50% of our testosterone, so as our ovaries age and hormone levels decline our sex drives go right along with them.
Testosterone is responsible for more than libid...
This blog entry wraps up my trio of "Solutions" geared to employment. Future entries in the series will talk about housekeeping and other realities of living in recovery. Portions of this will be re-printed in a self-help book I'm working on, so you're hearing this first! _____________________________ On August 13, 1990 I started my first day on my first job. For seven years after, I worked in corporations. Though I was laid off from one job after another, I credit my experiences in business as giving me a good foundation that held me up in subsequent work. What follows now is a free-form discussion of suggestions for keeping a job long-term, based on what I learned in those early years. First, demeanor is everything. Though my budget could barely take the strain, I bought good clothes because I knew appearance mattered. Mind you, I don't advise going into credit card debt to do so. Rather, I cut down in other areas of spending so I could allocate more f...
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