Hormone Imbalance Can Cause Mental Illness


The late Dr. John Lee was a visionary. He recognized estrogen dominance was condition that millions of men and women had, but one that was rarely being treated or acknowledged by the medical community. But just because something isn’t recognized, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Estrogen dominance is a condition that Dr. Lee coined. It’s a condition where estrogen operates in the body without sufficient amounts of progesterone to balance it. So estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency can be used interchangeably.

It’s a condition that I had and one that I now manage, thanks to the help of Dr. Lee.

I was 19 when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And the only reason I went to the doctor was because I had stopped bathing and brushing my teeth. I went to the doctor for no other reason.

I called my family doctor to discuss my hygiene problems and was told that I was being referred to a specialist. I had no idea the specialist was a psychiatrist and that my life was about to change forever.

I laugh now because it’s clear. I was being referred to a psychiatrist because my doctor knew I was mentally sick, but I didn’t know it.

I eventually made it to my referral appointment and told my psychiatrist how I was having problems bathing and brushing my teeth and sleeping. I told her how depressed I was and how I cried all the time and how I wished I were dead.

She asked me if anything stressful or tragic had happened in my life recently to cause these feelings. I told her “no.” My life wasn’t perfect, but nothing had happened to me to warrant those feelings.

So that was it. We talked and I wanted to die.

After we talked, she left her office and came back with a pamphlet and prescription pad.

She asked me if I had ever heard of bipolar disorder and she said the reason that she had asked was because that’s what I had.

She told me I had bipolar disorder like I had won a prize. Like I had chosen the right curtain on “Let’s Make a Deal” and a shiny new car was waiting on me.

I was sick. A piece of me died.
I wanted to turn back time. I wished I had never gone to the doctor.
I wanted to go back to being that carefree girl who wasn’t bathing or brushing her teeth, but at least she thought she was healthy.

I would have given anything to be that girl again.

So from that moment on, I became determined to deny my disease. I suppressed every memory of that day whenever it sprang up.

I ran.

The doctor gave me prescription for Zoloft. I swallowed one pill and flushed the rest down the toilet. She told me to make an appointment to see her again in two weeks. I basically told her to kiss me where the sun didn’t shine and skipped out the door.

I was wreck.

I’m not against psychiatry or psychiatrists, I was just afraid to take powerful medicines when no one really knew what was causing my bipolar disorder.

And so I did more running. I had a nervous breakdown.
I was alcohol poisoned twice. Hospitalized once.
I had wild, random sex. I was living on the edge.
My thoughts raced so fast they skipped out of my brain. I was in outer space.
My head ached so bad I thought I was having aneurysms.
I hated my life.

And then there were the ghosts that visited me every night. Howling beside my bed while I tried to sleep.

I would sleep with the lights or television on and I played loud music to drown them out.

This was my nightly routine for over 14 years.

I look back now and I say, I was hallucinating. But at the time, I didn’t know what was going on. I just assumed I was cursed and that God hated me.

Do you know how horrible that feels to think the Creator of the universe hates you so much that He allows demons to torment you?

It’s not fun, but it was the only way I could make sense of it.

It was only after my hormones became balanced that I realized I wasn’t cursed and that I finally experienced relief from all of these symptoms.

So at 28, I was sick and unemployed. I had to face my disease and *cringe* file disability so that I wouldn’t become homeless.

I did not want to be 28 and disabled. I wanted to be sipping margaritas on the beach, not dreaming of ways to kill myself.

I was at my bottom and I decided that I was going to stop running and to talk to my Maker.

One thing that this disease did for me is it made me feel closer to God, because so many days I knew that He was the only One who knew how I felt. The disease isolated me from family and friends and sometimes I felt detached from my own body.

I prayed to God and said, “God, I know You made me and You know everything about me. And You know that I’m sick. If it’s in Your will for me to die sick, I promise I won’t try and kill myself anymore but please give me the grace and strength to bear it. But if I’m not supposed to be sick and there is a way I can be healthy, please show me the way.”

And He did.

Shortly after my prayer I attended a women’s health conference and there was a nurse that presented there. I remember she talked about leading a healthy lifestyle which included a balanced diet and exercise.

After the expo I visited the tables and booths that were set up and filled my bag with the free goodies they had.

When I got home, I dumped my loot on the floor and looked at all the cups, pencils, notepads and pens I had received. And there a pamphlet I had thrown in my bag too. The pamphlet read: “The Signs and Symptoms of PMS.”

The symptoms read:
*Mood Swings
*Concentration Problems

After reading the list I said, “I have all of these symptoms times infinity.”

I knew PMS was hormonal and so I figured that what I was dealing with was hormone related too.

Every time I researched hormones and hormone imbalance Dr. Lee’s name always came up. It was clear he was the authority on the topic and that if I wanted to know about hormone balance, I needed to read his work.

And so I did. I went to my local Border’s bookstore and bought a copy of his book, “Hormone Balance Made Simple” and read it in one night.

Reading Dr. Lee’s book was like breathing fresh air. I had long suspected my hormones were linked to my moods but every time I shared my suspicions with my doctor, whether it was my ob-gyn or psychiatrist they all but laughed in my face.

And here was Dr. Lee telling me how hormone imbalance can cause mental and physical sickness and he gave instructions on how to fix it.

Step 1) was to take hormones only if I needed them, Step 2) was to take bioidentical hormones instead of synthetic ones and Step 3) I was to take hormones in physiological amounts only (the amounts the body makes naturally when it’s healthy).

I followed Dr. Lee’s advice and balanced my hormones and my bipolar disorder went away.

At the time, I had no idea my hormones were causing my bipolar disorder, I thought they were only aggravating it, but I was glad to find out they were the cause.

Today, I continue to follow Dr. Lee’s steps for hormone balance. I take progesterone 10-14 days a month depending on my symptoms and the rest is history.

I’m glad we live during a time that so much is known about hormones and I’m even more elated that there is something we can do about it.

I know I’ve said a mouthful, but it needed to be said. Estrogen dominance/progesterone deficiency can cause bipolar disorder. And if your bipolar disorder is caused by this deficiency, it can be managed and you don’t have to live with the disease anymore.

If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Best of luck to you!


For more information on the work of Dr. Lee click here.

69 Responses to “Hormone Imbalance Can Cause Mental Illness”

  1. Grace Says:

    i wrote to u before on youtube about my daugther, she was diagnose with shizophrenia, she is 18 now, i think she has a hormonal problem too, but i have to wait to take her to a doctor for a hormonal check, she is at kidspeace cause she was agresive..she had a nice complexion and now she has alot of pimples even in her neck and body..she is taking seroquel at the center and therapy..im going to buy the book too to get inform..thank u Doris for sharing your story with us..may God keep blessing you….Take Care

  2. Doris Says:

    Hi Grechy,

    I remember your YouTube post. How are you? How is your daughter? Thanks for visiting my blog. Does any part of my story sound familiar to you? Do you think your daughter’s symptoms are caused by a hormone imbalance? I think you should definitely look into and explore it as a treatment option. Hormones have made all the difference. I promise you Grechy if I had not discovered that my hormones were off, I would still be sick today. I know I would. Please read my post from February 17 for more info on how I balanced my hormones. Click here to read it. Keep me posted on your daughter’s recovery, if your daughter’s symptoms are caused by the same hormone imbalance I had, your daughter’s disease can be managed.

    Best of luck to you and your daughter,


  3. Milagros Says:

    I live in Peru, I’m always interested in new discoveries about mental illness. It happens to me too. I told psychiatrists that I thought it has to be with menopause. But they laughed too. The last approach I had was 8 years ago when a doctor got to the conclusion that my problem was about my thyroid and started with medication for hipo thyroid disease. Since then I never had again any “maniac” episode but I still have depressive feelings and thoughts. I also ask God about my healing and maybe I’m close to the answer. All my family run out from me even my son because I get so angry sometimes too. By the way I think my whole family is sick and we can not hang out together without a fight. I’ve just decided to be away from them but it makes me feel sad because I’m the oldest of 12 siblings and it makes me feel so sad to be getting old now and alone too. By the way I got asthma being a little child and got lots of cortison… I think it has something to be with it too. Thanks for sharing, you are so brave for doing i.

  4. Doris Says:

    Hi Milagros,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I think you’re brave.

    I can totally relate to not being able to be around family members who aren’t well. It’s almost like your illnesses can aggravate one another and it becomes too intense. Your family is not the only family going through this, this is a common occurrence in many families with mental illness. I definitely want to put a stop to this disease. Too many hearts and families are broken because of it and too many of us are suffering silently.

    Please look into hormone balance as treatment option. Estrogen dominance can interfere with our thyroid glands. I hope you can find a doctor in your area who is knowledgeable about this. Finding a doctor is the biggest roadblock for most of us, because many of them don’t know this problem exits. But those of us who live with this know something must be done. Keep educating yourself and tells others. I wanted to see mental illness eliminated during our lifetime. Not during some other generation, but right now! Doris

  5. Sarah Says:

    very happy to have found this. Thank you for sharing and I’m so sorry for your suffering, and clearly many more have and still suffer greatly. Do doctors do a full hormone test? Blood tests? Is there such a thing? Supposedly I had one 9 years ago when I was losing hair in clumps. They said I’m good, have a nice day. Shortly after I got on the pill to stop the 3 week periods I was having. Never was fully regular before my 2 kids, after the 2nd it was almost non-stop. I thought I was good, but looking back I see signs of what that could have done to me. During that year it became clear I had issues with my sugar dropping way too fast, leading me to eat every 2-3 hours, packed on a good 50 lbs. Then had digestive issues for a good 3 years. Found cinammon in early 09, silly vitamin type thing I thought, but says for glucose help. It did/does seem to be a huge help. Early 09 my blood pressure was found to be always high, over 160 on a good day. Beforehand I blew it off as high when I was sick as I saw docs when sick for the most part and that was quite often to think of it now. In 09 I was put on a lower estrogen pill. Looking back comparing to what’s gone on now, same symptoms, massive emotional breakdown, kept it to myself. No appetite, lost 30 lbs that first month. Got scared I was sick so forced myself to eat and gained it all back in a week. What fun. End of Jan. this year, ‘12, doctor said try the mini pill. No big issues right away, but each month I did notice my head clogging up and nothing but misery creeping in. 7th month on that I had the most massive sex drive, I’ve never had much of one before. Leading me to find a friend to help out, so messed up. From there I felt worse emotionally, no self esteem. Starting drinking more often than here and there, turned into a nightly thing. Alcohol didn’t even make me feel good, but made the nights not as scary. Didn’t even get a normal buzz or drunk feeling. Would make me have Jekyl and Hyde moments. Went back to the lower estrogen pill in October. Felt somewhat better, not perfect, but felt relief. Mid-Nov, a new gyno (hadn’t seen on in 9 years) said Mirena would be perfect. I told her how I believe the progesterone from the mini pill somehow was making me insane. She said Mirena, not being a pill should not affect me much at all. Had it put in, 4 hours later I was a puddle of tears and sadness. All over again the awful feelings that built up over the 8 months I tried to stick it out with the mini-pill (despite the major breast pain, never had continuous pain like that) the awful feelings came rushing back with such a force I had no more control on my emotions. I could not see past the tip of my nose as far as what is out there in the world. Was trapped in my head of misery, dying didn’t even seem like a relief. 4 days later I had the worst breakdown, turned on one of my best friends, over 10 years a friend, paranoia infected my thoughts and made me lose it on him. Accusing of such things as being a fake friend, using me, and told him best we didn’t keep in touch. Having had a few mini episodes somewhat similar to that, but never without such meanness, he gave up and won’t have anymore contact with me. I’m so sick over that. Feels like a knife in my guts. The 5 day of Mirena I went to the gyno’s to get it out. She wasn’t there, but another doctor talked to me. He said he did not want to take it out. All throughout this talk I was a blubbering shaking mess. Completely lost it. He said clearly something is wrong, but it can’t be the Mirena. He did say the Mirena causes a SURGE or progesterone (progesterin, not sure which). I wish I could turn back time and never had this put in. How sad and repentent it has made me. A blubbering mess he sent me off to see my regular doctor in the same office, that lead nowhwere as they said come in a few days, had to leave in a crying fit. Calling later they said to come in the next day. Seeing my doctor she completely agreed I was not well and says 99% sure it’s the Mirena/hormone imbalance. She gave me a estrogin patch, first side effect, CANCER. But being only a month’s worth I’ll talk myself into believing I’ll be ok. 13 days after the Mirena I felt normal for most of the day. Felt like I was on dry land, got off the rocky boat type feeling. Sorry to type so much. Just hope there is a hormone test as I have so many other symptoms, hair loss, but hair growth where it doesn’t belong, that I feel have to be hormone related. I wish we all could get answers from doctors with hearts. Mine will remove the Mirena next time I see her. Fear of 3 week long periods have me trying to get used to it, but if it means estrogen patching after the first month I won’t put up with it. I’ll load up on iron pills to fight off the anemia instead. Bless you all!

  6. Doris Says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m not a physician, but after reading the late Dr. John Lee’s work and the work of other physicians (e.g., Dr. James Wilson, Dr. Michael Platt and Dr. Steven Hotze) I’ve learned that hormone balance is essential to our mental and physical health and that imbalances can cause all sorts of diseases and disorders.

    I had a condition called estrogen dominance. This made me completely batty. I was suicidal, heard voices, severe mood swings, migraines, anxiety problems, OCD, panic attacks. I could go on and on.

    I take progesterone to stay health and keep my symptoms at bay.

    I know from research and personal experience that hormone imbalances can be brought on my taking various forms of birth control pills and also from physical conditions, such as ovulatory disorders such as PCOS, or even if you ovulate, you can have luteal insufficiency, which means that progesterone isn’t being produced in numbers as it should.

    I read your comment and you said that progestin in the mirena made you sick? How were you able to determine it was the progestin alone and not the estrogen? I was just curious.

    Keep me posted on how you feel after you get off of your birth control. And I’m just curious did you have any mood problems before you started the birth control?

    Thanks for writing, by you sharing your story, you are helping other women out there who may be going through some of the same things you are going through.

    All the best,


  7. Chuck Says:

    Hello Doris,

    My girlfriend was fine until she was diagnosed with schizophrenia in ‘99 when she was 31.
    It’s been hell every since.

    She had always had problems with her period. Either she couldn’t stop bleeding or she wouldn’t have a period for months.

    Her doctor would give her a double dose
    (2 shots) of Depo-Provera to get the bleeding to stop.

    I have always wondered if it was these double dose shots that pushed my girlfriend over the edge.

    I’ve always wondered if this was all caused by a hormone problem. She had a full and complete hysterectomy in 2007.

    She is on psychiatric meds, and sees a psychiatrist but the meds don’t do nearly enough in our opinion.

    She has some of the same symptoms you mention; She hears voices, she has very severe headaches, depression and sadness, and she has withdrawn from life, and has lost all her friends because of this illness, She doesn’t do the everyday things she use to do; like she use to cook everyday. She doesn’t cook anymore at all. and the list goes on and on.

    She is miserable.

    Do you think it’s possible that all this might be caused by a hormone problem?

    You seem to have a good knowledge about these hormones issues. Can you help her?

    Should she get a blood test?
    What do you think?


  8. Doris Says:

    Hi Chuck,

    Thank you for writing. I wanted you to know that I got your email. I’m going to give you as much detail as I can now and I will add more later.

    After reading over your email, it definitely sounds like your girlfriend has the hormone imbalance called, “estrogen dominance.”

    “Estrogen dominance” basically means that estrogen is at toxic levels in the body because it’s not being properly balanced by the hormone progesterone.

    The late Dr. John Lee is the first physician I know of to recognize and treat this condition.

    High estrogen is treated by taking progesterone. It’s what I take today.

    The reason I think your girlfriend has high estrogen is because some common signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance(high estrogen) are heavy bleeding, depression, irritability, fatigue, excessive belly fat etc. All the symptoms your girlfriend is having.

    To correct this imbalance, one needs to take bioidentical progesterone. “Bioidentical” progesterone is progesterone that is made in a lab, compounded by pharmacists, but it is genetically identical to the progesterone made by the human body in the ovaries and testes.

    If you have high estrogen, taking estrogens, whether they are synthetic or bioidentical, will make one even sicker.

    Synthetic estrogens are found in many birth control pills are and commonly prescribed as a part of hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy.

    I will need to research Depo-Provera and see exactly what it is made up of… I know it’s a synthetic but I don’t know it’s chemical make-up.

    I definitely have more to say about this regarding the blood testing and best way to go about treating this. I will get back with you as soon as possible regarding the rest.

    Thanks again for writing.

    Talk to you soon,


  9. Karstine Says:

    Thank you for sharing your story..

  10. Doris Says:

    You’re welcome! Thank you! xx~Doris

  11. Lynnee Says:

    I have been thru hell. starting as a teen, pms terribly, horrific periods and pain and mood swings…from 1998-2009 i was treated for various forms of mental illness. a wide variety of drugs that basically took away my life and made me ill and crazy. i begged for hormones because i believed my problems were symptomatic of imbalance and my dr refused telling me how much i needed him and his latest change of meds.
    now finally i am on bioidentical and i am having some problems and worried that my old dr was right. can the bios be causing mania and cycling in me???? please help me

  12. Doris Says:

    Hi Lynnee,

    Your symptoms sound like they are linked to your hormones. Don’t give up on them just yet. What bioidentical hormones are you taking and for how long have you been taking them and in what amount? Once I have that information, I will be able to give you some feedback. You can write me back on the wall so that everyone can read our discussion or if you would like to chat privately, please email me at doris@dorisking.net. Talk to you soon, Doris

  13. Cristy Says:

    what kind of labwork is needed so I can tellmy dr to do it?? what should we check for

  14. Doris Says:

    Hi Cristy,

    Sorry for my late reply. Yes, in terms of lab work, if you are going to have a conventional blood plasma(serum) test, the test we normally take at our doctors, you can have your doctor to measure your FSH and LH levels. If there are imbalances there this is a good indicator that your progesterone/estrogen levels are off. Also, Dr. Lee advised not to have our progesterone and estrogen levels tested through the normal blood tests because they simply don’t provide valid results. So you can go to the doctor and be told that your progesterone levels are fine when they may not been when taking a serum test.

    If you have a doctor who uses saliva tests, take one of those. You will be measuring your progesterone to estradiol ratio. Dr. Lee says a healthy ratio is 200 to 300 to 1. If you are to the point that you have bipolar or schizophrenic symptoms, even these tests may not be enough. In these cases, you may need to be treated based on your symptoms alone. Click here for symptoms associated with low progesterone, which Dr. Lee calls estrogen dominance. The two are the same.

    Keep me posted and please let me know how everything goes for you! Good luck! Doris

  15. Mrs. South Says:

    Ms Doris I am so thankful i found your site I am a 40 yr old female with terrible mood swings, depression, anxiety and crying spells this has been happening for two years i was told that it was due to the loss of my 14 year old son and in time it will stop but it has not and now it is worse i have been having hallucinations and feel out of my head. my husband suggested hormone imbalce and we are now trying to find someone to help me thank you again for you amazing story. Mrs South

  16. Doris Says:

    Hi Mrs. South, first I’d like to say that I’m sorry about the loss of your dear son. My condolences to you and your family. I know you must miss him dearly.

    After reading your comment, it does sound like hormones could be the reason for your symptoms, a horomone imbalance caused my bipolar disorder symptoms. Reading Dr. Lee’s Book, “Hormone Balance Made Simple,” changed my life.

    In short, Dr. Lee said that estrogen not properly balanced by progesterone can make you really sick, mentally and physically. And the quick fix for the imbalance is to take progesterone. I am 35 now. I started taking progesterone at around 28… I have been symptom free from bipolar for nearly 7 years now.

    And I had all the symptoms you had. The severe mood swings, anxiety, uncontrollable crying and I had been hallucinating (hearing what I thought were demons) since I was in the 11th grade. The horrible thing about developing symptoms at such a young age is that you may not be aware that anything is “off.” At that age you are still trying to figure out what it means to be alive and human and for me, I just assumed I was cursed, never once did I think I was hallucinating.

    But thank God for who He is. I am so grateful that He has given us the information that we need to be healthy NOW! God bless you and your family. Thank God for your husband. This problem is so easy to fix and maintain. If you have any specific questions for me, you can post them here on the wall so that others can read our conversation. Or if you prefer to be private, please email me at doris@dorisking.net. All the best to you. Keep me posted! Doris

  17. Carissa Says:

    Thanks for posting. I too had an anxiety disorder since I was a little child. As I got older it became worse and worse and the week before my period I would have to take sick days because I became anxious. I do cried to god one night in prayer asking him to lead me. Well my dentist then referred me to a hormonal specialist who has changed my life. I began using natural progesterone cream and I only have migraines and anxiety if I’m really really really stressed out at work. This has saved me life and I’m so sad that there isn’t more knowledge about this! My progesterone levels were at 5 when thy should not have been under 80!!! I was extremely deficient which was also affecting my thyroid. I’m so grateful for the hormone specialist. I try to tell my friends but they say its too expensive! I would pay anything all over again to save my life from debilitating mental illness! I suggest everyone see one because most if not all mental illness is caused by hormonal imbalances. I refused to pump my body with toxic prescription medicine which only covers up the problem. I knew my body was telling me something was imbalanced and for so many years I tried to figure out what! I hope u guys look into this it is worth the time and money I promise!!!

  18. Jamie Says:

    Just for the past 6 weeks I have been living a nightmare. So many of these symptoms. The worst is that I no longer feel like “me” anymore. As soon as I wake up I am anxious and crying and nothing happened in my life to warrant this. Blood tests came back saying I was low in estrogen and progesterone but all I have now is some estrogen cream and since I started it I feel worse, like my symptoms have gotten magnified. This stuff was given to me to use until my doctor prescribes my personalized amounts of bioidenticals. Could just taking the estrogen alone be causing the worsening symptoms? I am so scared to keep living this way. I really apreciate your website and your story gives me some hope. Can you share your thoughts with me about my situation? Is there hope for me?

  19. Doris Says:

    Hi Carissa, thank you for posting. It always helps the message when someone else out there has been through the same thing. So bravo to you!

    I’m curious, what type of testing did you take initially when you discovered your levels were low? Serum or saliva testing?

    Also, what type of hormone specialist did you go to? An endocrinologist or a doctor of another sort.

    You have a powerful testimony and I agree with you, looking into hormones and taking them is definitely worth the time and money when you have hormone based bipolar disorder. All the best and I will be in touch with you shortly. Doris

  20. Doris Says:

    Hi Jaime,

    In my experience, I had low progesterone in relation to estrogen.

    It’s possible that you can have low estrogen as well as low progesterone.

    I am not a physician, but I will give you my insight based on my experience. Please consult a physician before trying anything that we discuss.

    Based on what you wrote, it seems that yes your estrogen is low, but the progesterone that you have is too low to cover what little estrogen you have.

    So the key to fixing this is to take progesterone to balance out the low estrogen.

    Once that happens, you can see how your hormone levels are.

    More than likely the estrogen you are taking is making your symptoms worse. Estrogen worsened my symptoms, because its excessive estrogen that causes bipolar. Supplementing with estrogen is adding fuel to the fire.

    You can take an over the counter progesterone cream such as Emerita’s Progest Cream or Source Naturals Natural Progesterone Cream. I have used both creams in the past and they work. You can buy them both online at Amazon.com or at local health food stores, such as Whole Foods.

    You can definitely recover. I have been symptom free from bipolar (mood swings, crying spells, hallucinations, clinical depression, racing thoughts etc.) for the last 7 years by only taking progesterone. You can get through this my friend. Keep me posted and if you have any more questions, let me know! I’m excited for you that you are looking for help, this means you can change things… you’re on the right path. Best regards, Doris

  21. Lindsay Says:

    I know I have a hormone imbalance. I have spent over 20k in the past three years to find that out. I was prescribed bio identical progesterone. I have had the prescription changed many times now. The doctor I see requires about 2k more to continue seeing me and I can’t afford it. The meds stopped working. I also have pcos so I spend more than 2 weeks every 6 weeks in my personal hell. I can’t focus, I cry every day, I hit myself during my fits. I any remember names of family members. I have might sweats and acne. I can’t socialize. I can’t handle anything. I used to be a successful, capable, funny and outgoing person. Now I’m a puddle. I think about ending it every day. I stopped eating sugar, I follow a hormonal diet. I take all the expensive pills and supplements. I drink tons of water, I exercise. I do everything I’ve been told to do and I am not better, I am worse. I’m 30 years old. I live in Ontario and there isn’t anyone who thinks they can help. There is no light at the end of this tunnel and I don’t know where to go now.

  22. Doris Says:

    Hi Lindsay, I know your pain. Please don’t give up. Like you, I have PCOS. When we have PCOS this means that we are not ovulating regularly (the cysts are our visible proof). When we don’t ovulate, we don’t produce progesterone and there is the problem. To address this shortage of progesterone we must take the progesterone that our bodies should be making naturally.

    Since you are in Ontario, I’m not sure how prescriptions work. Here in the US, we can get a progesterone prescription from almost any gynecologist as administering progesterone is the standard treatment for amenorrhea (absent menstrual cycles). Hopefully you can get a prescription for progesterone without going to a specialist. You shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars to be sane.

    Most general practitioners here in the US will prescribe a synthetic progestin, but if you ask for the bioidentical Prometrium, they will prescribe it for you. Also, we can buy progesterone creams over the counter here in the US without a prescription. Do you have to see a specialist to obtain progesterone in Ontario?

    It sounds like you have the estrogen dominance that I suffered from for many years. To manage it, you must take progesterone. Hoping and wishing that it will go away will not work ( I tried for over a decade). I have to supplement with progesterone monthly, if not, I will return to the same hormonal hell I lived in nearly 7 years ago. Don’t be discouraged. I used to feel just like you. With effective treatment, you can get back to being the woman you used to be. Good luck. Don’t give up. Keep me posted. Doris

  23. Melanie Says:

    Your story has given me hope! I’m also bipolar and i havebeen unwell since November 2011! On antidepressants and seroquel. I’ve had seven children and ihhave had mood swings, pms, irritability, insomnia and my last episode has left me with no emotions and cannot enjoy things. Did you have that problem too?

  24. Doris Says:

    Hi Melanie,

    Yes, I had all of the problems that you listed. I was prescribed Zoloft, but I knew that the Zoloft wasn’t fixing the underlying cause, merely covering up my symptoms. I encourage you to read Dr. John Lee’s book ‘Hormone Balance Made Simple.” Dr. Lee talks about lots of different hormone imbalances in his book, but the specific topic you want to focus on is what he calls “estrogen dominance.” Estrogen dominance means that estrogen in circulating in higher than normal levels in the body because progesterone is low. This excessive estrogen can cause PMS, depression, irritability, and even bipolar disorder. In order to correct the imbalance you must take the progesterone that your body needs. It’s totally doable. I have been doing it (progesterone supplementation) for nearly 7 years now. And I have been symptom free since then. Living with those symptoms was tough. Some days life was unbearable. Thank goodness we now know that hormones can help in this area. Good luck to you. This condition is manageable. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me. Doris

  25. Dr.Varsha Says:

    Dear Doris,

    I loved your blog & was touched by your personal experience & your inner journey to finding a way to deal with the problems you faced. Am also deeply heartened to know that you have been symptom-free for 7 yrs now.
    Is there a way to get a PDF of Dr. John Lee’s book Hormone Balance Made Simple? Is it possible for you to email a PDF ? Can you help?

    Gratefully, Dr. Varsha

  26. Doris Says:

    Hi Dr. Varsha,

    Thank you for contacting me and being so open to learning about Dr. Lee’s approach. You can help so many people.
    Unfortunately, I don’t have a PDF of Dr. Lee’s book as it is copyrighted and is owned by his publisher, Grand Central Life & Style, which is a division through Hachette Book Group.

    What country are you in? Are you able to order books through Amazon UK? If so, his book is available there. Read both his books, Hormone Balance Made Simple and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause and read Dr. James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue. All of things books give good information on hormones and how they can impact our mental and physical health. Good luck to you and please keep me posted on your work. Kindest regards, Doris

  27. Velizara Says:

    Dear Doris,i am at the edge dealing with anxiety,brain fog and intrusive thoughts .I went to obgyn in january,they took blood test for my hormons,because i insisted,but they said the results were normal.I dont even know what they tesed.the Dr.didnt take me seriously,i felt emberassed.Please,can you give me advise.

  28. Doris Says:

    Hi Velizara, don’t feel embarrassed. Hormones impact our mental health. Unfortunately, all doctors are not aware of this. My hope is that the work done by Dr. John Lee will become common place. Are you in the US? If so you can call your local compounding pharmacy and see if they can refer you to a doctor. Many of them keep an associated list of doctors who use their pharmacy and most doctors who use compounding pharmacies have a holistic approach to medicine. If you have any specific questions, let me know. Look around my blog. Hormone based (low progesterone type) mental illnesses can be managed to the point that you are symptom-free. Good luck. Doris

  29. Velizara Says:

    Thank you very much for the respond,do you know what kind of doctor should i look for?Also,what is your opinion about MRI of the head?does it make any sense for the headaches and brain fog?I live in USA.Thank you so much for your answer.I do have progesteron pills ,but i don’t dare to use them without being sure.

  30. Doris Says:

    Hi Velizara, you should look for a doctor who knows how to balance estrogen and progesterone levels, unfortunately there is not a specific type. It’s based on who has the knowledge. They can be in endocrinologist, internist, family doctor or ob-gyn, do not focus on the specialty, focus on who can help you. At this time, I’m not sure if an MRI will be helpful in terms of determining hormones levels, you will need to talk to your doctor who ordered your test to find out exactly what type of information he or she expects the test to yield. Yes, headaches and brain fog and be linked to this imbalance. When I had this imbalance, I had migraines so severe, I thought I was having an aneurysm. Since you are here in the States, you should be able to find a physician. Lastly, regarding the progesterone pills that you have, what type do you have? Do you have Prometrium? Or a progestin such as Provera? And for what purpose was it prescribed to you? -Doris

  31. Velizara Says:

    Hi,Doris,its me again,the progesterone that I have is not made in USA,it is called duphaston ,10 mg pills. I am not sure how to use it ,because this month I did have period 2 times in 15 days,which never happened to me before.Thank you in advance for the time to answer.

  32. Ajuma Says:

    Hi Sir/Madam,
    Please let me know which testto be conducted to know the deficiencies of Estrogen & Progestron hormones.
    Thank you in advance
    Hope your earliest reply

  33. Dr.Varsha Says:

    Hi Doris, thank you so much for replying to my post. Have sent you a private email. Hoping you will reply there.

    Much Love, V

  34. Aki Says:


    My sister is suffering from terrible bipolar disorder. She cant describe those feelings in words. She is suffering from it since she is 8…Some time she suddenly get attack and start throwing things around. she gets so much much power that even two people are not enough to handle her. she takes lot of sleeping pills but still cant sleep.Doctors are unable to find the reason for this, but they say its due to hormonal dis-balance. Not even sure if its a bipolar disorder. She is in INDIA and we dont know what to do about this….I am ordering Dr lee book just to see if i can get some solution.
    She was on medication from age of 16 but then suddenly she realises that she is fine so she stop taking those now its getting out of hand…she is more worse. She just finished her fashion communication courses. she is most creative girl i ever seen. Read few papers which connects creativity to bipolar disorder

  35. Doris Says:

    Hi Aki,

    I’m sorry to hear about your sister. Please go to an gynecologist in your area and see if they are able to prescribe progesterone for her, she can take a compounded transdermal cream or the oral form Prometrium. I use to have symptoms of rage and high energy like your sister. Progesterone is helping me to balance everything out. No more bipolar disorder.

    Low progesterone put the brain and body out of whack, taking progesterone will help to put everything back in place. Progesterone will only help your sister if low progesterone is the cause of her condition. You can tell if she has low progesterone based on her symptom or based on testing. Recovery is possible. I was on the verge of hospitalization just 7 years ago and now I have my health. I used to hallucinate every single night for over a decade, I don’t hear ghosts anymore and progesterone stopped that for me.

    If you have any additional questions for me you can write them here on this thread or at doris@dorisking.net. Good luck to you and keep me posted. x Doris

  36. Doris Says:

    Hi Velizara, you should talk to your doctor about taking progesterone. How did you obtain progesterone pills? And if you don’t mind me asking, what kind of progesterone have you been prescribed? x Doris

  37. Whitney Says:

    SO glad I found this. Not sure if you’re still on here but it will feel good to get this all out. I have PCOS (polysistic ovarian syndrome) and never really had problems with it other than not having my period. I was put on birth control to solve this problem. I had been on the birth control for about a year and a half when I suddenly started getting frequent, heavy, periods, along with fatigue and hot flashes. I also started to notice my hair was thinning. I decided to get my thyroid tested and thyroid levels were fine, so the doctor said it was hormones and switched me to a new birth control. At this point I was skeptical about any birth control at all, so I stopped taking it for about a week. Just to clarify: I’ve had slight anxiety before, but in normal situations and never had an anxiety attack. I have always been somewhat of a hypochondriac but it NEVER interfered with my life. Always been a very laid back, care free person. One night I suddenly experienced an anxiety attack. I got my period the next day. I went to my gynocologist and explained to him what had happened. He thought it was hormonal and said let’s see how you do after a few months off the birth control. That was two months ago. Since then, I’ve been having horrible anxiety, depression, mood swings, headaches, many symptoms of bipolar and OCD. Scary, racing thoughts, and extremely emotional. I started seeing a counselor trying to find out what was bothering me and neither of us can figure it out. Nothing has changed in my life. Nothing is stressing me out other than what is going on with my body. I have an incredible life and have been blessed beyond belief. I am in college studying elementary education, and have never gotten stressed out or anxiety from school. I’ve always loved school and been very excited about the career path I chose. I have two amazing jobs that I love, an AMAZING supportive family and friends. Not one thing in my life is bothering me. I went to the gynocologist again to get my hormones tested. She said no. You’re too young and I doubt this is hormonal. You must have anxiety and depression and possibly bipolar or ocd. Tried to prescribe me an anti depressant. I refused. This is not me, and after seeing a counselor and really trying to dig deep into the situation, I can’t find any triggers or stressors. I was living life and perfectly happy. Does this sound hormonal? :(

  38. Doris Says:

    Hi Whitney, How are you?

    It sounds like you may have a hormone imbalance. The clear indication is the fact that you have PCOS.

    PCOS is a disorder that causes irregular or infrequent ovulation. When you don’t ovulate, you don’t produce
    progesterone and there lies the problem. That’s where the hormone imbalance comes in to place.

    Imbalances in progesterone can cause you to have anxiety, concentration, autoimmune and thyroid problems.

    The reason you were unable to take birth control pills is because of the estrogen found in the pills. When you have
    low progesterone, your estrogen goes “unopposed” and it causes all the undesirable symptoms. The estrogen
    in the birth control pills can send you over the edge.

    It’s great that you are aware of your body and how it responds to certain treatments.

    If you have an abnormal cycle, try and get a prescription for Prometrium (capsule form progesterone)
    and this should help you A LOT.

    For me, it’s been a God send.

    Good luck!


  39. Doris Says:

    Hi how are you? Are you referring to the conclusion in the back of my book? Dr. Lee’s quote was taken from his booklet “Hormone Balance for Men.” And my conclusion, I wrote myself based on my personal experience as a mental health patient, worker and blogger. I have over 2000 hours of direct care experience with people who have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and many of them displayed symptoms of an untreated hormone imbalance. Something needs to be done. Too many people are suffering needlessly. Thanks for reaching out and keep in touch. Kindest regards, Doris

  40. jennifer Says:

    Hello, I have been dealing with severe hormonal imbalance sincev2009…. I am currently taking progesterone because my levels were way to low (taking these for 4 months now) my symptoms are as follows and getting worse…. (1) severe memory lose short and long (2) mood swings real bad (3) irritable a lot (4) loss of positive emotion (5) severe anxiety (6) crying off and on (7) feeling of going crazy (8) hungry all the time (9) craving auger and salt a lot (10) weight gain (11) Not as intelligent as before as sharp (12) no patience (13) can’t consitraite scattered brain (14) bi polar symptoms only some days (15) get upset I can’t fix this and live happy and enjoy my life with my girls feel love care compassion for them and other family/friends please my doctor is doing his best he has had take 3 hormone panels all come back imbalanced including cortisol levels real high….I’m so scared I will never know who I am again
    Thank u for listening

  41. Doris Says:

    Hi jgorman, I can relate to everything you are saying as I have felt the same way due to hormone imbalance. I understand your need to be able to feel good so that you can take care of yourself and your family. If you don’t mind me asking, what type of progesterone are you taking? And how much are you taking? Taking progesterone is really a quick fix, there is something else going on in either your pituitary, hypothalamus or ovaries, was your doctor able to pinpoint where the imbalance is coming from? We still don’t know as much as we would like to know about hormone balance, but I know we are headed in the right direction and we are on the verge of having more preventative care for this generation of people with clinical depression, bipolar disorders, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. Keep me posted. Best regards, Doris

  42. ally Says:

    Hi, I’ve been having ‘episodes’ of low mood, fatigue and loss of interest in life for as long as I can remember. I took a birth control pill known as the holiday pill to stop my period for a month in 2012 and it made me so ill. Im usually very outgoing but I couldn’t leave the house, I constantly cried and was the lowest I’ve ever been. I was put on antidepressants which worked for a few months. I’ve never felt as bad as I did in 2012 again, but I still don’t feel right. I’m sick of living my life worrying about when I’ll get ill again. Over the past few weeks I’ve becone very anxious, tired but can’t sleep, feel useless and like I’m letting everyone down, hopeless, I have dry skin, acne, awful period pains and gall bladder problems. These all seem to be signs of a hormone imbalance right? In 2012,I was tested for thyroid problems and diabetes and both were negative. I asked my doctor if it could be to do with hormones then and he just said no, not at my age (I’m 23). What do you think? I’ve done lots of research and it makes sense to be down to hormones. I would LOVE to find out why I’m feeling like this so I can move on with my life. Thanks

  43. Doris Says:

    Hi Ally, thank you for writing. There is a possibility that your hormones are causing your symptoms. Especially since you mentioned that you are having fatigue and mood issues as well as bad menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps are usually a sign that your body is low in progesterone and high in oestrogen. You can have these imbalances even if you are only 23 years old. They can be caused by lots of things. You can be born with a condition where your body doesn’t make enough progesterone. This can be due to inovulation or it can be because you aren’t producing enough progesterone after you ovulate (luteal insufficiency). After ovulation your empty follicle produces progesterone. Progesterone is essential to pregnancy and it’s also needed for our mental and physical health.

    Birth control pills can make you very sick if you have this hormone imbalance, because most birth control pills contain synthetic versions of oestrogens. When you are low in progesterone, oestrogen becomes extremely toxic to the body and brain and when you add additional oestrogens through birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, the additional oestrogen makes a bad situation worse. I would recommend that you read Dr. Shirley Bond’s book “Natural Progesterone” published by Thorson’s in 2002 I believe. This book will give you a good foundation about hormones and how hormone imbalances can cause sickness, it will give you more confidence when you approach your doctor.

    Don’t give up. Listen to your body. I was told my hormones were fine for years and they weren’t. If I had listened to this feedback, I would be living in a mental institution right now. Hopefully this information will trickle down in to clinical practice soon so that we can all get the help that we need. If you have a specific question for me you can ask it here on the blog so others can read or you can email me at doris@dorisking.net. Best of luck to you. Kindest regards, Doris

  44. Staci Says:

    My daughter was diagnosed with bipolar last year at age 17. The reason was for her extreme mood swings and incredible anger, violent and some depression. I started to notice that she became 100% worse the week before her period. She has been on ortho tri cyclen since about age 12 for bad acne. This past may she was in a mental health facility due to her violence and was given lithium, and lamictal. Recently she has been complaining about lack of concentration and was now given propranolol. So at 18 she is now taking 61/2 pills a day! I keep bringing up the thing about the week before her period but no one is doing anything about it. She has no side effects from all the meds but I’m not convinced they’re working either. So my question is, do you think it’s could be hormonal. I do think it is but I’m very nervous to take her off everything and try something new, especially since she will be leaving for college in 8 months. Help!

  45. Neeters Says:

    You can get progesterone cream in Canada so long as you order it from the USA and only order a max of 2 tubes. I have been ordering it for myself from vitacost.com and Iherb.com.com with success. You mayhave to use way more than just 20mgs twice a day to control estrogen dominance. I have suffered for more than 3 years…and the idiot doctor prescribed estrogen which sent me into deep depression and stopped my thyroid from working. I almost died and my adrenal quit thanks to estrogen poisoning. Progesterone saved my life. I take 2 prometrium at night plus 20 to 30 mgs compounded progesterone cream in the daytime, along with natural thyroid pills and a grain free low carb diet, now that I found a good doctor who knows about estrogen dominance!

  46. Louise Says:

    Hi Doris. I just wanted to say your story is inspirational. I went on depo provera sep 2013 which stops your body producing progesterone and replaces it with synthetic progestrin. I was due another shot dec 17th but decided against it as it had caused moments of anxiety and feeling spaced out and worrying. Done a lot in my life but nothing ever made me feel like that. Was the same for the 3 months.then in jan when my first period would have been due I started getting intrusive thoughts, feelings of doom, irrational fear, nothing felt certain, I was doubling everything and trusting barely anyone. I have spent 9 weeks feeling like I am going insane and I’m going to lose everything. Got bloods done and showed my cortisol at 555, estrogen was low but increased on the next text but my progesterone showed I am not ovulating and said > 3. My doc said it wasnt a figure and gave me norethisterone to mimic the rise and dall of progesterone to simulate a period. Had suicidal thoughts i didnt see myself alive at the end of the day.SO i got a withdrawal bleed last week and have to wait until next month to see if it will kick start my regular cycle and hopefully all my hormones will be balanced again – that’s my doctors theory. Meanwhile the longer it goes on for the worse I am feeling as I’m starting to worry it’s mental and also the damage that’s going to be left with this stress even if the progesterone fixes it. I’ve had anxiety, intrusive thoughts, I hardly get a moments peace in my head with constant thoughts so I cant concentrate etc. Sometimes I get an hour where it all lifts and im completely myself then I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning it all cokws flooding back and all the doom and fearful thoughts come flooding back and I spend all day fighting them off again. Its become groundhog day. I dont know what im meant to do in the meantime while im waiting for my hormones to realign because the stress is taking its toll and I dont want this to become mental but no one can give me a definitive answer. I was a worrier before and I liked planning things but this is not my nature but I feel im letting it depress me

  47. Joline Belanger Says:

    I truly appreciate your allowing the rest of us to recognize we are not crazy!!! I have been dealing w/this for many years. I am 46 yrs old, it has taken my many years to finally recognize my depression/bipolar episodes hit me a week/two weeks before my menstrual cycle. I have spoken to my physician in regards to this issue I am having. They continuously want to put me on antidepressants which they all ready know do not work for me. I need to stop feeling this agony and I am so tired of the fight. Your letter above, IS exactly my same story!!!! I am at wits end and have been using alcohol to lessen the pain. I live in a very remote town in northern ME where help is not listening to me. I want to feel normal again!!!!! Guess I will have to get on my doctors butttttttt to get me some relief. I love my life and love my family but I cannot live this way any longer. TY for giving me hope and allowing me to know that I am truly not an insane person. I sure feel like it more and more this last year that has past. Thanks again

  48. Lena Says:

    Hi Doris!!first of all I just want to thank you so much for sharing your story that has even reached me here in Sweden!!I feel so sorry for what you have been through and I feel you! Since I became 15 (1year after My first menstruation) I fellt depressed and scared all the time!I hade soo many evil thought (ocd) that I couldn’t controll so I also thought I heard demons! I was scared to tell anybody of what I was going through and I just cried myself too sleep everynight!!after 2 years I felt a little better but still depressed and that scared feeling Held me until 5 years later I became pregnant!Without knowing that I was pregnant in 2-3months that was the best time of My life!! Because I was soo happy and not depressed or scared anymore!I thanked God for beeing free and real me!!then I found out that I was pregnant and maybe this have something to do With hormones? On My third trimester I started to feel Like the old me again depressed and anxiety! Now 3years later I’ve been struggling With many scary thoughts and fears! What do you think? Thank you for sharing and helping others!May God bless you//Lena

  49. Doris Says:

    Hi Lena from Sweden, nice to meet you. After hearing your story, there is a good chance that your ocd and mood problems are hormones related. The reason I think they are is because you told me your mental health symptoms went away during pregnancy. During pregnancy your placenta makes tons of progesterone to maintain your pregnancy. If you are low in progesterone, your body loves this, which it sounds like your body does because your symptoms vanished.
    The fact that you started feeling bad again once your pregnancy is over lets me know your body misses the progesterone it receives during pregnancy. There could be a number of reasons why your body isn’t making enough progesterone. Maybe you aren’t ovulating regularly and when you don’t ovulate, you don’t produce progesterone. If you have ovulation problems, there is a strong chance that you have cystic ovaries. Or you may ovulate every month, but your body doesn’t make enough progesterone after ovulation, this is called luteal insufficiency.
    I definitely want to encourage you to find a doctor who understands the importance of hormone balance for mental and physical health. I also want you to read Dr. Lee’s book, “Hormone Balance Made Simple.” Dr. Lee doesn’t focus on the mental health aspect of hormones, but he tells you how to correct the problem. His 3 steps are what I follow today. If you read his book and get a good understanding about what’s happening in your body that will give you the confidence you need to approach your doctor.
    If I had not discovered progesterone nearly 8 years ago I know I would still be very sick today. So it sounds like you are on the right path. Please keep me posted on your recovery.
    Kindest regards,

  50. Doris Says:

    Hi Joline, nice to meet you to. Ever since I got my first cycle I was convinced I was mad. Deep down I knew something was wrong. Like you I approached my doctors and told them I felt my mental health problems were hormonal since I had so many problems around my cycle. Like you, I was pushed away and given prescriptions for psychiatric medications. For years, I hated doctors, but I shouldn’t have. They weren’t withholding treatment from me, they were practicing the way they had been trained. The only thing psychiatrists have been trained to do is give meds. Of course, those of us who are suffering we want answers and we sure as heck don’t want to cover up the pain and agony we feel with bandage medications or alcohol or sex or cigarettes or food or whatever we can get our hands on so that we can forget for just one moment that we are alive.

    It’s a horrible existence. I’m so happy to be off that roller coaster. I’m so happy that finally I have a way to manage. I’m not wandering aimlessly anymore wandering why I’m losing my mind.

    I definitely want to encourage you to read Dr. John Lee’s book “Hormone Balance Made Simple.” His book was a God send. I ready that book along with “What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Menopause.” Both are classics.

    Basically in a nutshell Dr. Lee tells us that if our estrogen (estradiol) is high in respects to progesterone, we can get very sick. Both mentally and physically. He teaches us how to take progesterone to fix it.

    Please find a doctor in your area who has this knowledge. Compounding pharmacies are a great place to start if you don’t know of a doctor in your area. Good luck to you. You can recover. Keep in touch. Best regards, Doris

  51. Doris Says:

    Hi Louise, I’m sorry all of this is happening to you. Thank goodness you listened to your body and stopped the Depo immediately. I’ve heard really bad things about depo. Patients have reported mood changes and weight gain problems. The good news is your body can get to a place of balance again. The other good news is that since you aren’t ovulating you can take progesterone that is identical to what your body makes which is called bioidentical or natural progesterone. Your doctor can write a prescription for you. It comes in a transdermal form or a capsule (Prometrium). You can also buy it over the counter without a prescription. My favorite at the moment is Source Natural’s Progesterone Cream. At this time you can buy it off of Amazon for less than $14 for 4 ounces. I love it. Find a formula that works for you.

    You definitely can get through this, I’m not sure what your doctor would give you a synthetic when the real thing is available. I would definitely get with a doctor who has experience with natural hormones if you are looking to explore them as a treatment option. You can feel better again, you just need to get your progesterone levels up again. Keep me posted. All the best, Doris

  52. Doris Says:

    Hi Neeters, nice to meet you. I’m so glad you are still here with us! It’s horrible to take estrogen when you are already dominate in it. I had a similar experience when I started birth control pills. I had some of my worst hallucinations shortly thereafter and nearly killed myself from alcohol poisoning.

    I’m so glad you found a doctor who knows what’s going on. How did you find him or her? I’m always trying to find out what I need to tell other women (and men) so they can get the help they need. You have such a wonderful testimony that so many need to hear. Keep spreading the word. Best regards, Doris

  53. Doris Says:

    Hi Staci, I thought I had replied to you months ago. I’m very sorry, it looks as though I didn’t. Please accept my apology. Regarding your daughter, does anyone else on your side of the family or her dad’s side of the family have mental health issues? If so, your daughter’s problems could be genetic. If not, her imbalance may be due solely to the fact that she has been on birth control pills for 5 years. Birth control pills can cause hormone imbalance where there was none previously. And mood and sanity issues can occur because of them. If I were you, I would get with a doctor who can balance her hormones. Is she still on the birth control? If so, I would explore some non-hormonal treatment options to treat her acne. In terms of the psychiatric medications, you would have to talk to her prescribing doctor about weaning her off of those.

    If the imbalance is coming strictly from the pills it may take several cycles for your daughter’s body to find its rhythm again. Definitely I hope that you can get to the root of the problem so that she can have a good start her freshman year. I think you should speak to a doctor who specializes in hormone balance. If you don’t know any off hand your local compounding pharmacy is a good place to start. Most pharmacies keep an associated list of doctors who use their pharmacy. Doctors who use compounding pharmacies are usually aware of everything that I talk about on my blog. You will need to check with them individually to see if one can help you and your daughter with her specific situation. I hope this information has been helpful. Please keep me posted on your daughter’s recovery. Kindest regards, Doris

  54. Lena Says:

    Thank you for reply that fast! I’ve forgot to mention that My period is always late or early With 5-10days and sometimes I feel good and when I do Im like what was I thinking and how stupid of me Im creating this for myself!!but I dont know if it is only My menstruation causing this or if even one of my thyroid hormone not producing enough hormones because besides anxiety I also have tremors,backpain espacially in the mornings,and I’ve become extremly sensitive to coffe causing me cardiovascular disorders. Thanks to you In finally getting some hopes here and I’ve been searching so much facts about this and found so much information ex about imbalance hormones causing menstrual psycos ect. And that the patient between her illness is a 100% healthy! So THANK YOU!! Once again!!I have booked an apointment at My doctor and I hope he knows something about hormonal imbalance becuaseI’ve heard that many doctors dont! Bye take care I stay in touch xoxo/Lena

  55. Doris Says:

    Hello Lena, keep moving forward. When I listen to you I hear myself. I would think the same thing, I would wonder why had I blown things out of proportion before? Why didn’t I try a little harder. But we have to throw away that thinking. We don’t create these problems. They are illnesses. Once we learn what is causing them, it is our responsibility to continue with care.

    Definitely go to your doctor. Also if your have high estrogen/ low progesterone this can offset your thyroid as well (according to the late Dr. John R. Lee). Giving you symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    For more information click this link.

    Scroll half way down where it says “What Causes This.” Good luck and keep in touch. Doris

  56. Lisa Says:

    Hi Doris,
    I am so thankful for your website and all of the information provided. I have a 14 year old daughter that started her first menstrual cycle a month ago. She has always been extreme with her moods since she was a baby and we have been to many counselors & psychiatrists over the past 14 years. No one seemed to understand her or our situation. She was on meds a few times but hasn’t been for years. She was foggy when taking them. Now things have worsened to the point it is tearing our family apart. Over the past month since she started her period she has been even more extreme in her anger and bad moods. She has worse rages, screams at us, yells horrible things and at times throw things. She threw my purse at me yesterday because I wouldn’t take her to get a haircut. She bullies her younger sister. None of this behavior is new for her but it has become more severe. I care for her deeply but it is horrible to be around her and we are desperate. We have an appointment with yet another mental health person tomorrow. We have been living like this for so long, we don’t know what to do. When I started reading your information and all of the posts I could see my daughter in them and how her hormones may be at the root of her mental issues. It would be a miracle if hormones could help her. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for sharing.

  57. Doris Says:

    Hi Lisa, I know the turmoil that mental illness can cause. I’m sorry about all of the struggles your daughter and your entire family have been going through.

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel, especially if her mood changes are caused by a hormone imbalance, because these things can be managed.

    Because your daughter experienced a worsening of her symptoms around her menstrual cycle this is a good indication that her symptoms may be hormone based.

    This imbalance can exist far before puberty, which it sounds like this is the case with your daughter.

    To help your daughter, you must go to a physician who has knowledge about hormone imbalance, specifically estrogen dominance. If you do not know of any physicians who do this type of work, contact your local compounding pharmacy. Most compounding pharmacies keep an associated list of doctors who use their pharmacy. These doctors already know the benefits of bioindentical/natural hormones vs. synthetic ones and most of them have a more holistic approach to medicine and some can correct estrogen dominance or mood based hormone issues. You will have to call around to various offices to see who can help you and your daughter.

    If you go to psychiatrist and ask for hormone balance help you may not get the answers you are looking for as psychiatrist and other mental health professionals have not been trained to use hormone balance to treat mental illnesses/mood disorders.

    If your daughter is taking psychiatric medication, she will need to continue to take her medication as prescribed. If you would like for her to be weaned off of them, talk to her prescribing doctor about that and move in the direction of hormone balance at the same time.

    I would also encourage you to read the late Dr. John Lee’s book “Hormone Balance Made Simple.” Dr. Lee doesn’t talk about mood disorders specifically, he talks about the importance of hormone imbalance and how it impacts our health and he gives simple steps on how to correct it. The more you read on this topic, the more confident you will feel getting your daughter the help she needs. I hope all goes well at her appointment tomorrow. Please keep in touch and let me know how everything goes. All the best, Doris

  58. Joanne Says:

    Can this condition occur in males My 18 yr old son was diagnosed with schizophrenia 18 months ago. Prescribed a huge amount of meds which he tried and made things much worse. Med free for the past 7 months and seemingly very normal. Recently he became stressed and concerned something seems to be happening. He is definitely NOT displaying symptoms of schizophrenia, but feels “something” along the lines of depression and stress about himself.

  59. Doris Says:

    Hi Joanne, yes this condition can occur in men. What I have found is that many of these hormone-based mood disorders are genetic. So if there are other people in your son’s lineage with mood problems, it’s a good chance that your son’s mood changes are hormone related. I know men who have taken progesterone and continue to take it today to regulate their mood. Some of them I have met online, others are in my own family. The bottom line is, if your son’s hormone are out of whack he can experience mood problems and no amount of psychiatric medication can never set hormones straight.

    I encourage you to find a physician who can help you. Unfortunately, there are not many physicians who specialize in treatment men with this condition. I know a physician who is knowledgeable, his name is Dr. Platt and he is an internist in California. I know he can give you the guidance you need regarding this if you are unable to find a doctor in your area. Dr. Platt’s website is: http://drplatt.com/natural_hormones/Eval.php.

    Hormones are responsible for regulating the mood of men and women, so when there are mood changes or problems occur, it’s always a good idea to check one’s hormone levels, specifically progesterone. If you need help finding a doctor in your area, please contact your local compounding pharmacy to see if they can give you a list of associated doctors who use their pharmacy. You will need to then call each office to see if any of them have experience in treating men with hormone imbalances. Dr. Platt may also be an option if you are unable to find a doctor in your area. I hope your son gets well soon. If you have additional questions you can post them to this blog or send me an email. Good luck. Doris

  60. Sayle Says:

    Hi Doris! When I reas this post it reminds me of Pmdd is it anything the same?And how do you feel today?hope better// best regards Sayle

  61. Sayle Says:

    Btw have you ever heard about wild yam?Its a natural Cure for most symptoms of PMS and pmdd☺️

  62. Doris Says:

    Hi Sayle! Yes, I think PMDD and bipolar disorder are related for sure. There is a continuum…PMS, PMDD, and then bipolar disorder. The reason I stumbled upon hormones in the first place was because bipolar’s symptoms were so close to PMS/PMDD symptoms. I said to myself, “There has to be a relationship.” And after reading the late Dr. John Lee’s work I discovered what the relationship was. Through Dr. Lee, I discovered that estrogen dominance/low progesterone can make us really sick. Once I discovered this I was able to take care of my health. Today I feel great. I have moments when I’m tired or I’m sad but I’m not hallucinating or dreaming up ways to kill myself like I was every day when I was bipolar. I started progesterone in the fall of 2006 and I haven’t looked back. I finally have a handle on things. I can feel when my hormones are off now and now I can do something about it. All of this who have this imbalance can thankfully do something about it. Thanks for the well wishes. Kindest regards, Doris

  63. Doris Says:

    Hi Sayle, I have heard about wild yams. I have not heard that it has cleared up PMS and PMDD. I will definitely research that. Thank you. I know that progesterone cream is made from the roots of wild yam. There is a sterol found in wild yam called diosgenin. This plant sterol is then converted into bioidentical hormones such as progesterone. The human body is not able to convert the wild yam diosgenin into progesterone, but it is able to use progesterone and other hormones that have been derived from it. I’m very happy medicine is moving towards a more holistic approach. Doris

  64. Shannon Says:

    Hi Doris! Im so glad that i bumped in to this blog!Ever since My period started I’ve been feeling sad and anxious and always thinking that Im on the edge of become crazy!but then are days that i feel great and that is during My period and few days after!now I am 24 and for 2 months ago something just happened to me My thoughts was just running so fast that I couldn’t catch them And I was thinking mean thoughts about me that Im am discussful and evil.I was trying to ignore those thoughts and went to work but even there My thoughts was just running and I was thinking lesbian thoughts (I am married and hetero)i become soo scared and thinking that Im going crazy!now I feel a bit better I started to take vitamin b6 and magnesium becuasee I’ve read that that could help your body to produce progresteron besides that I have extremly moodswings,weepiness,dry eyes,dry vagina,and so much cramps like Im having My menstruation all the time!please tell me what you think is goin on With me!

  65. Doris Says:

    Hi Shannon, I am so glad you bumped into my blog too. After reading your story, there is a great possibility that the symptoms you are experiencing may be hormone based. The reason I say this is because you stated that ever since your menstrual cycle started you have been feeling sad and anxious and borderline crazy. More than likely you are feeling this way because your hormones are involved. The late Dr. John Lee was a visionary. He realized that many of us women (and men) were not producing sufficient amounts of the hormone progesterone. When this hormone is low in our body it can cause anxiety, depression, feelings of craziness, evil thoughts, mood swings, crying spells–basically all the symptoms you are experiencing. And yes, our sexual drive and preference can be influenced by a hormone imbalance as well. So how do we fix this? We give the body the progesterone it needs. And then the body is able to place it exactly where it needs to go throughout your body and brain so that you can feel healthy. What country are you in? Here in the US, we can buy progesterone without a prescription. Online retailer Amazon.com sells a wide variety of progesterone creams. I get my over-the-counter cream, Source Naturals from there. I suggest that you connect with a doctor who specializes in correcting hormone imbalances, specifically low progesterone. He or she should be able to diagnose you based on your symptoms and/or testing. I am convinced if I had not discovered progesterone nearly 8 years ago, I would be leaving in a mental institution somewhere dreaming of ways to kill myself. Excessive estrogen not balanced by progesterone can cause extreme sadness and moodiness, it can cause a racing of your thoughts, and it can even cause some cases of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Thank goodness we finally know that our hormones are needed not only for fertility, but also for our mental health. I think you should get your hormones checked out Shannon. Keep me posted on your treatment. I would love for you to follow up with me. All the best, Doris

  66. elizabeth Says:

    My daughtershas all your symptons can you help

  67. Doris Says:

    Hello Elizabeth, if your daughter has an irregular menstrual cycle meaning she has heaving bleeding, she skips months without periods or she has horrible PMS, there is a strong possibility that her hormones may be causing her mental health symptoms. There are many things that can cause this. Some people are born with these imbalances like I was. There are others who have unbalanced hormones from taking birth control pills. If you believe birth control pills are causing her imbalance, your daughter should explore non-hormonal birth control options and go off the pills and see how her symptoms clear up. If she truly is deficient in a particular hormone, she will need to supplement her body with the hormones she needs. If your daughter has low progesterone, she can get very sick and she will need to take progesterone to restore her health. I want to encourage you to find a physician who specializes in hormone balance who can help you sort through all of this and to give you some direction in terms of treatment options. If you have a specific question that I haven’t answered on my blog, please let me know. And please know that if your daughter’s symptoms are caused by a hormone imbalance, she can experience relief from her symptoms by supplementing her body with the hormone(s) it needs. Keep in touch, Doris

  68. Lauren Says:


    I’ve had my bloods done (I’m based in the UK) and have a result of very low progesterone and consequent estrogen dominance along with low DHEA. The compounding pharmacist has had a huge delay with my prescription and one month later, I am still waiting for my meds. I know that I will be starting treatment soon, but today (3 days before my period), I haven’t been able to stop crying and thinking about how I no longer want to live. As superficial as it sounds, the icing on the cake was getting weighed this morning and finding out I’ve put on over a stone in the past three months despite training regularly and eating well. I’m so glad I found this thread as I now feel hopeful that I’ll start feeling better when I get my prescription. Has anyone else experienced weight gain with their condition and has natural progesterone help them lose the excess pounds? x

  69. Doris Says:

    Hi Lauren, I hope you get your prescription soon! High estrogen is making you feel depressed and weepy because high throw off the delicate balance in our brains which is needed for health nerve cell communication/mental health. And you are not superficial for not wanting to be overweight. I believe your hormone imbalance may be impacting your weight as well because estrogen dominance can cause weight gain because fat isn’t being broken down in your body as it should and high estrogen causes water retention which will cause you to look and feel bloated. If you are estrogen dominant, your body will retain weight, even if you are exercising several hours a day. The good news is, once you start progesterone and your levels get in a healthy range, you should start shedding pounds as you will not be retaining as much water and progesterone helps the body to burn fat. It’s catabolic whereas estrogen is anabolic. I went through the exact same thing you are going through. I would run for miles and play hours of tennis only to look like a puffer fish afterwards. The progesterone slimmed me down. I hope the same for you. Please keep me posted on how things go once you start treatment. x Doris

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