Schizophrenia: Reproductive Hormones and the Brain

Mental Health

I’m always searching for articles that show the importance of hormone balance to mental health.  Today, I stumbled on a jewel.

Dr. Janice R. Stevens of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon noted that the onset of schizophrenia occurs during the reproductive period (puberty) in 80% of those affected.

Could the increase of steroid hormones during puberty have something to do with schizophrenia’s onset?  I think so.  And Dr. Stevens does too.

In her article, “Schizophrenia: Reproductive Hormones and the Brain,” Dr. Steven’s explains how the brain is flooded with high amounts of estrogen and testosterone throughout the reproductive years.  She says that if these excitatory hormones aren’t counterbalanced they can cause hyperexcitability and seizures.  Both of these symptoms are very common in schizophrenia.

One of progesterone’s roles in the brain and body is to balance the effects of estrogen.

And yes, men have estrogen too!

An enzyme in the male brain converts testosterone into estrogen, for the male brain to use.

Estrogen isn’t a “bad” hormone, but it’s extremely toxic when not properly balanced by progesterone.

I’m not trying to shake the mental health system up, but preventative treatments need to be explored.  Why shouldn’t we explore steroid hormones as a viable treatment? We already know that healthy brains need them and we know through articles like Dr. Steven’s that they are unbalanced in mentally ill people.

If you are interested in reading Dr. Steven’s full-length article, please click here.  In order to open the article, you will need to click on the link that says “Begin manual download.”

Good luck to you!

5 Responses to “Schizophrenia: Reproductive Hormones and the Brain”

  1. Diva Says:

    MS. KING, THIS IS AN AWESOME ARTICLE CONCERNING HORMONES AND WHAT THE DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF WHAT OCCURES NOT ONLY IN ADULT CYCLE, BUT PUBERTY CYCLE. TO NOT TRULY NO WHAT REALLY GOES ON AS A YOUNG PERSON, BUT HAVE SOME TYPE OF PLATONIC IDEA OF WHAT SOMEONE OF PUBERTY GOES THROUGH IS NOT ENOUGH, BUT THIS ARTICAL HAS EXCEEDINGLY WENT OVER THE TOP EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENCES OF HOW, WHY, AND WHEN IT BEGINS IS SIMPLY AMAZING. THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL INFORMATION AND RESEARCH. SO BENEFICIAL TO ME. Diva

  2. kevin P Says:

    From this point on&thanks to ur articles I am looking into hormones, &in paticular vitamins.

    Its about time I look into taking care of my mental health rather then depend on scientists to make d latest discoveries…

    Thanks for pushing me in d ryt direction : )

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks Diva and Kevin,

    Sometimes it’s tough making decisions regarding our health, but those decisions get much easier when we educate ourselves. Keep reading and continue fighting for your health!

    Doris

  4. Jarrod Lawther Says:

    its’s good!thx!

  5. admin Says:

    You’re welcome Jarrod!