Depression and testosterone

Depression and testosterone

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Testosterone has antidepressant effects

Testosterone, the main hormone
male sex, appears to have antidepressant properties.

The results of new research,
published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, shows that the hippocampus, a
brain region involved in memory formation and regulation
stress response, plays an important role in mediating
effects of testosterone.

Compared to men, women
they are twice as likely to suffer from depression. Men with a null or low
testosterone production also suffer from higher levels of depression and

Scientists conducted several
experiments in which they castrated adult male rats. The rats
developed depressive-type behaviors that were reversed with the
testosterone replacement.

The beneficial effects of testosterone
were not associated with the formation of new neurons in the hippocampus, as occurs
with certain antidepressants, such as imipramine and fluoxetine.

Video: Low testosterone: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Ohio State Medical Center (August 2022).