If your mood swings inexplicably from one extreme to another and your reactions are far stronger than a particular situation merits, it’s possible the cause is due to hormonal changes in your body.
A decline in the hormone estrogen during your mid-forties, causes a decrease in levels of serotonin (“the happy hormone”) that regulates emotions. When the hormone that regulates emotions starts to waiver, a woman’s emotional wellbeing becomes imbalanced.
You are not alone. More than 50% of women between the ages of 45-55 suffer from this phenomenon. Lower levels of estrogen have been linked to sadness, lack of motivation, aggression, irritability, stress, forgetfulness, and melancholy.
Since every woman has her own way of handling stress, emotions and her environment, everybody experiences this phenomenon differently. It is important to recognize the symptoms so that you can treat them appropriately.