Your symptoms will tell which brain chemical you lack and what amino acid and other supplements you need to take to re-balance your brain chemistry and find relief. Even though your symptoms may make you feel like you are falling apart, don’t worry: you will pull yourself together again, and soon. Often women suffer with a variety of symptoms, but most of them fit one of the following three Emotional Types:
1. Revved Up and Anxious Type
Do you experience one or more of the following symptoms?
|Anxiety and/or panic attacks|
- If you answered yes to one or more of the symptoms you are the Revved Up and Anxious Type.
- It’s likely you have too low a level of the neurotransmitter serotonin and maybe too much norepinephrine. You probably have high GABA levels, which are attempting to calm you down.
2. I Can’t Get Off The Couch Type
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
|Lack of motivation|
|Lack of alertness|
- If you answered YES to having one or more of the symptoms you are: The “I Can’t Get Off The Couch Type.”
- You might experience these symptoms throughout the month or just one or two weeks before your period. Often women develop these symptoms after menopause when their estrogen level has dropped.
- It’s likely you have: low levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and/or norepinephrine with normal levels of GABA.
3. The Combination Type
The “Combination Type” has a spectrum of symptoms from both the “Revved Up and Anxious Type and the “I Can’t Get Off The Couch Type.” As an example: you can be experience both irritability and rage while at the same time you feel depressed and withdrawn.
Emotional Rescue Treatment Plan for the Combination Emotional Type involves a two-part process
- First, you need to calm yourself down.
- Then you will “push the gas pedal” to get more alert and motivated.
Part One: Calming Formula
- Take the supplements recommended for the The Revved Up and Anxious Type, which will increase your serotonin levels and help calm you down. Take these supplements in addition to Mia’s Basic Supplement Plan.
- Once you start feeling more at peace, your sleep should improve. When you get better sleep, your motivation and focus will improve. For some, motivation, cognition, and focus might not improve until you use the recipe for the I Can’t Get Off The Couch Type to increase your levels of dopamine and norepinephrine.
- But don’t do it just yet! If you try to pump up your norepinephrine and dopamine too fast you will experience more anxiety and agitation.
- Stay on the recommended program for the Revved up Type two to four weeks. Once you feel less anxious and agitated and you sleep better, you are ready for Part Two which will increase norepinephrine and dopamine levels.
Part Two: Alertness and Motivation Formula
- In addition to the calming formula and Mia’s Basic Supplement Plan, incorporate the protocol recommended for the I Can’t Get off the Couch Type. Yes, you will be taking a lot of supplements but it will be worth it. I promise.
As you age, the first hormone that declines in your body is actually progesterone. In your mid-to-late thirties, your progesterone level drops as an-ovulatory cycles–meaning ovulation does not take place–become more prevalent. Even if ovulation still occurs, progesterone levels are not at their optimum levels. This decline in progesterone causes a variety of PMS symptoms. In my office, I often hear, “I feel so much rage and irritability about a week or so before my period. Once my period starts, it is like a switch is turned off and all my symptoms instantly go away.”
Studies show that symptoms of PMS, such as anxiety, irritability, and rage are associated with sharp declines in circulating progesterone levels, leading to low levels of GABA or a decline of GABA receptors (the calming neurotransmitter). Other studies consider the neurotransmitter serotonin as a key factor involved in the development of symptoms of PMS. Biochemically, patients with PMS symptoms have lower levels of serotonin in their blood and urine during the premenstrual phase of their menstrual cycle. They lack the chemical that can give them a sense of calm or well-being.
Mia’s recommendations for PMS support
Perimenopause is the hormonal transition that takes place before a woman stops menstruating. It is a challenging time because the shift from menstruating regularly to having no period for a full year happens gradually. It can take anywhere from one to fifteen years and that is a long time to experience the irrational ups and downs of rising and falling hormones. More stress means more imbalances in hormones and brain chemistry. During this phase, a woman’s estrogen level is often high, but it can fluctuate from high to low, and back to high again. Progesterone levels are also lower than normal, which makes for a set of inconsistent physical and emotional symptoms and behaviors. Periods may still occur monthly, but they often come a few days closer together and/or are characterized by heavier flow and clots.
In perimenopause your emotional symptoms do not go away when you start bleeding. Instead of feeling cranky and irritable and then flowing and feeling good again, your symptoms hang around, even during your menses. Many women tell me, “I only feel like I used to, and that means good, maybe one week a month.” This good week is usually the second week of the monthly cycle, day seven through fourteen from the first day of bleeding, when the symptoms quiet down and your hormones are more balanced. One week is not enough!
Mia’s recommendations for the perimenopausal woman:
Today women are inundated with stress. We are constantly bombarded with technology and stimulation from our cell phones, the Internet, flat screen TVs, Ipods, and more. We live in a society where we believe the more we have and do, the happier we will be. Work harder, work longer, do more, earn more, have more, be more. We’ve become disconnected from nature and friends. Our hands are full with family challenges, chores, impossible schedules, and little down time. We fail to take quality time to unwind or plan and prepare healthy meals, so we end up undernourished and depleted.
All of this stimulation and pressure taxes our adrenals to the max. Although our innate sensitivity to our environment and to the stress we experience makes itself known through symptoms of stress, we try to ignore these signs or self-medicate with alcohol, comfort foods, or tranquilizers. As we ignore our body’s symptoms, they scream louder and louder, crying for attention and help. Today’s uncertain economy and the combination of hopelessness and stress will certainly increase the rate of people suffering from adrenal burnout. Hopefully, we listen before we deplete our energy, emotional well-being, and health. Read Female Brain Gone Insane to get more information on nutritional supplements for adrenal health.
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