Depression and anxiety are conditions which can significantly decrease quality of life and affect every other health condition ranging from obesity to sex drive, and heart disease as well as income security and ability to maintain a job and healthy close relationships. There are many factors which cause depression and anxiety such as family history, level of brain chemicals, or trauma such as violence, neglect, or poverty. Moderate or severe depression and anxiety are not just caused by, nor can be treated with hormones. However, if a woman already has these conditions, hormone changes can make depression and anxiety worse. Many effective options exist to treat depression and anxiety including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and medications, and the treatment can be made more effective with hormone medications and a healthy lifestyle including good sleep, healthy diet, and exercise.
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