Before you reach for your next anti-depressant…or “tinkle”, you may want to read this article, ladies. With depression on the rise, it has become increasingly clear that effective treatment for symptoms of depression and anxiety ought to take the whole person and their multi-faceted biological and psychological systems into consideration. A recent study recorded in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research showed that healthy middle aged women were excreting epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol through their urine. Higher levels of depression and anxiety symptoms were associated with norepinephrine and cortisol secretion via the urine. Ladies, you need these hormones to regulate physiological activity like providing energy, insuring proper glucose metabolism, regulating the blood pressure and providing heightened memory function. Insufficient levels cause impaired brain function, higher blood pressure, and even decreased bone density. Life can be depressing; however, this research forces one to consider if there may be other underlying causes for the intensity of depression and anxiety symptoms. What’s in your “tinkle”? Ask your doctor.
Hughes JW, Watkins L, Blumenthal JA, Kuhn C, Sherwood A. Depression and anxiety symptoms are related to increased 24-hour urinary norepinephrine excretion among healthy middle-aged women. J Psychosom Res. 2004 Oct;57(4):353-8. PubMed PMID: 15518669. –