I have been pondering all day as to were I should start. There are so many topics to ponder. So, I figured I would start with one of the most common reasons patients come to see me......
They state, " I have the perfect life....a great partner, a great job, wonderful kids and everything I could ever ask for....so why am I so unhappy?"
Well, let's just assume for a second that this is actually true....although I think we all live in a bit of the fantasy of perfection created in our minds so that we can compete with the jones. Believe me....NOBODY has the perfect life and if they tell you this, they are lying.
So with that said....there are reasons to feel this way. Many of us live with the Harried Women Syndrome...where we all try to be the perfect wife, perfect spouse, perfect employer, but all of this is next to impossible to maintain. We all try to "have it all"....but maybe we just shouldn't have it all, all at the same time....and try to do it all perfect. We need to pace ourselves.
But, from a BIOLOGIC standpoint.....we have an even better reason to feel this nagging feeling inside.
It is our decline in Testosterone that make us feel anxious, depressed, moody, and irritable. Testosterone is mother natures serotonin. It fires the receptors that give our brain the calming ability to handle daily life. It also gives us the ability to experience joy, tolerate "stupid people" (well most of the time) and let simple troubles roll off our shoulders.
As we lose our Testosterone......Yes WOMEN MAKE TESTOSTERONE AND LOTS OF IT.....we start to feel depressed, moody and anxious. Can anyone say....anti-depressants? That is why many women in their late 30's and 40's get put on these meds by physicians.
Why do doctors do this.....well they don't realize that Testosterone is driving this. They are never taught about this in medical school or residency. So, we need to teach them.
We will talk more about Testosterone and Ovarian decline tomorrow.........
- Dr. Angela DeRosa AKA "Dr. Hot Flash"
- Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
- Angela M. DeRosa DO, MBA, CPE graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995. She went on to do an Internal Medicine Residency with a fast track emphasis in Women’s Health at Lutheran General Hospital. After her residency, she became the Director of Women’s Health Services and Education at Lutheran General Hospital. After two years of practice she started a full time career as the West Coast Senior Medical Director with Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals. There she worked on women's health product development, research and marketing. Seven years after starting this position, Dr. DeRosa decided to pursue other clinical endeavors. Dr. DeRosa is a nationally recognized internist and women’s health expert. Her clinical focus is on revitalizing the physician-patient relationship; striving to provide the highest quality of care to her patients in a warm compassionate environment.