How testosterone affects your mood?
- Testosterone and brain
- Aggressive behavior in men
- Tips for boosting your mood
Testosterone and Brain
Most people think that testosterone is connected only to libido and it is also thought as the fuel for the sexual desire. Testosterone affects your brain in many ways, it doesn’t just get you aroused. That is why low T has been linked with mood swings, stress, and depression. Also, testosterone could increase the level of aggression in some men. Researchers say that testosterone affects the cells in the brain and it can also have strong control over mental faculties in men. That is why you need to see a doctor if you are diagnosed with testosterone deficiency in your body. Men who are diagnosed with andropause (another name for low testosterone condition) are feeling tired more than they should, they exercise less and then they gain weight. All of this makes you feel less attractive and affect your brain. Also, your sexual life will suffer because of this. And that is why among other things, some men become more aggressive. In some cases, low testosterone can increase your aggression, but it pretty much the same (and can be even worse) when it comes to high levels of this hormone in your body too.
Aggressive Behavior in Men
It has been proven that testosterone determines aggressive behavior in animals. Although suppressed by social and familial inhibitions, this is also present in modern males. Testosterone can affect aggressive behavior in men in many ways. Aggression can manifest itself in many forms, from verbal aggressiveness and anger to dominance behavior and physical violence. Testosterone increases the levels of these behavioral manifestations and also influences the development of muscles that enables their realization. It has been proven that criminals who committed violent crimes, sportsmen (especially those who usually win) and even some policemen and soldiers have higher levels of testosterone than the rest. Testosterone affects the subcortical structures in the amygdala in which the emotions are born. Research that is conducted on the adult males has shown that testosterone activates the amygdala enhancing its emotional activity. When testosterone activates the amygdala, its capabilities to keep aggression under check become quite limited. Cortisol and serotonin can reduce the level of aggression, but the success of this depends on the amount of testosterone in your brain. There is a theory that states that testosterone have a specific influence on neural processes and that it is responsible for a competitive behavior and that increases men’s predisposition towards criminality. High testosterone levels don’t always lead to aggression. The chance is even smaller when it comes to the members of one’s group. When their group (sport team, religious or ethnic group, gang, military or police squad, family or even a group of friends) is threatened by some other group, the men with high testosterone level will even display “parochial altruism”, or simply put, they will become more supportive and generous towards the members of their group. That also means that they will become more hostile towards the outsiders, especially the ones that threaten them. Testosterone doesn’t necessarily increase the level of violence in men, but rather the motivation of individuals to assert themselves and to compete with others.
Tips for Bosting Your Mood
The bad effects that high testosterone levels can have on your mood are not irreparable. These problems can be addressed and corrected through a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. Here are some things that you should consider doing:
- Change your lifestyle. Obesity and inactivity can really affect your mood. If you want to improve your overall outlook on life, you should do as many different activities as you can and you should also get enough sunlight and sleep. Sleep refreshes your body and mind while exercising outside can help you spend some of that “negative energy” that is stored inside you. Also, exercises help you to restore your testosterone levels through natural means and can improve your strength and stamina. When you exercise, you decrease the amounts of carbohydrates and sugar in your body. These two are known to cause obesity and they negatively affect mood (they even make you aggressive) too.
- Communicate with your partner. If issues with your significant other are caused by stress and depression, make sure to include your partner in your task of solving your mood problems. Make sure to find a new way to connect with your partner both on the physical and mental level. One of the most efficient ways to solve this problem is sex therapy which can really improve your mood and the relationship with your partner. After all, sex makes you feel relaxed which in turn suppresses aggressive behavior.
- Avoid stress. There is a saying that “stress is the mother of all diseases.” When it comes to your dark mood it can be quite true. Stress can decrease your desire to have sex and it can make you skip work. Stress can make you aggressive and grouchy. Stress can make you feel dizzy and weak. It negatively affects your immune system and hormones. All in all, if there is one thing that you don’t need in your life it is most certainly stress. Be sure not to get jumpy over trivial matters, instead, you should exercise more and try to be understanding to the people around you. Having a bit more positive outlook on life helps too. The power of positive thinking can help you much in the long run.
- Walk and talk. Sometimes you simply need the company of others. When it comes to improving your mood this is quite true. After all, humans are social beings. Spend as much time as you can with the people you like, take long walks and visit various locations. Team sports are also a good choice to spend some time with other people. You can also spend time with others by watching movies, doing something creative or simply hanging out. Be sure to appreciate other people’s efforts to help you. If you have a partner, be sure to include your significant other in these activities too. When you build a functional relationship with others, you will prevent the need for confrontations and aggressive behavior.