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strawdog
Morning

D has stopped her periods now - a couple of months and her bloods show low estrogen. I've read that this can cause low moods, anxiety and depression. Could this be a major cause of her very low moods and sudden mood swings rather than just the ED driving it? If so I guess there's nothing we can do until they come back?
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Ellesmum
Good morning strawdog,

its very common for periods to stop stop due to inadequate nourishment, conversely depression and anxiety can also halt them 

My feeling is it doesn’t really matter in this instance, anxiety and low mood is part of the eating disorder and your daughter is still, after all a teenager with all those hormones swirling around.  Once she is eating the amount of calories she needs her period should return and her mood lift.  

Its very important she has her periods for lots of reasons but bone health is a major one.   You are really well tuned to every aspect of your daughters health and all the symptoms that run alongside ED, I am certain you’ll be able to bring her back to full health.   
Ellesmum
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strawdog
Thanks Ellesmum. You’re right whatever is causing it the medicine is the same - food! I just want my daughter back - ED can do one! 
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Ellesmum
strawdog wrote:
Thanks Ellesmum. You’re right whatever is causing it the medicine is the same - food! I just want my daughter back - ED can do one! 


Absolutely!  
Keep feeding her, lots of fats as you are well aware.  
Ellesmum
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tina72
strawdog wrote:
Morning

D has stopped her periods now - a couple of months and her bloods show low estrogen. I've read that this can cause low moods, anxiety and depression. Could this be a major cause of her very low moods and sudden mood swings rather than just the ED driving it? If so I guess there's nothing we can do until they come back?


Periods stopped because of malnutrition. Add weight and give her enough fats and you will see periods coming back. Both will be cause of her low mood and mood swings - no periods and malnutrition. But there are kids that never lost periods and also had depression and anxiety because of malnutrition.
It is wasted time to think what is cause: stop malnutrition and you will see periods coming back and better mood!
Only thing you can do is add enough fat (30% of intake) as periods are done by hormons and they are working with fat (especially leptin that stopps period when there is not enough fat on the body). And wait.

If periods is off for more than a few months I would suggest to have a bone density check and to check vitamin D and calcium in blood. Osteoporosis is a big risk with anorexia but you can avoid that with early intervention.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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tina72
"I just want my daughter back"

If you keep doing what you are doing (and you are doing VERY well for the start) you will get her back. I dare to promise that. There is a long list of parents here that got their kids back.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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strawdog
Here’s hoping! Wouldn’t be doing so well without this awesome forum - you guys doing an amazing job on passing on your experiences and advice 🙂 
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scaredmom
Hi strawdog,
There are so many hormonal issues that can occur with AN. 
Here is a nice article if you wish:
https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/96/2/333/2709494

I do hope your medical team also discusses all the labs with you to ensure that you are well informed about what they are doing and why when they do tests. We are not doctors and cannot speculate or diagnose all the causes of your d's labs/symptoms. 
Hopefully, with weight gain the periods will resume and some kids' moods do return with weight gain, but some (many)  do require more help with the psychological aspect. 


I kept a list of questions every time we went and wrote down answers too. I found that helpful so I could review later.


XXX
Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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strawdog
Thanks for the links to the articles - interesting reading
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strawdog
Well she was very angsty rFiday and Saturday and had some stomach pains in bed last night so here's hoping!! 
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strawdog
She has her period back!! She was so happy and even let me hug me! I've never seen her look so relieved - she was obviously worried about it. However this morning she feels awful - headache, cramps and on top of that she has a cold - so it's a bit bitter/sweet. I guess if the body hasn't ovulated for 3 months it can be a bit of a shock when it comes back?
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Ronson
Fantastic news Strawdog
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tina72
YEAH strawdog!!! Periods and EVEN BETTER: a HUG!!!
Pamper her a bit today, give her a warm cushion and some tea to relax the tummy. And be aware that ED might get louder later - ED will hate getting periods back!
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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