It sure can and adolescent girls tend to be at an increased risk for depression and anxiety, one study found they were 2 to 3 times more likely to be on antidepressants whilst on HCs than non-users.
How can the pill mess with your mind? HCs deplete your levels of vitamin B6, which significantly impairs your ability to make tryptophan, decreasing your ability to make serotonin your happy hormone.
What I find most frustrating is this link isn’t discussed with women before they’re placed on pill. I for one can attest to the mind-altering effects of the pill. When I was first placed on the pill when I was 17 years old, I turned into a raging psychopath overnight, and regularly lost it at friends and family over completely tiny and insignificant things.
One day I was so angry at my mum and dad that I slammed the door with so much force I shattered the glass panels on it.
Yep, not my finest moment, but afterwards I went back to the doctor and was prescribed a different pill, Yasmin. After transitioning onto Yasmin, the raging psychopath days seemed to fade but my anxiety ramped right up. I had never experienced anxiety in my entire life, but after starting Yasmin, I had my first panic attack and suffered from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks daily.
It’s funny when I reflect back (or perhaps not so funny), I stopped the pill back when I was 25 years old, and after that I never had another panic attack. I still had the anxiety but those panic attacks left. This connection in my opinion is NEVER discussed with women and worse is usually fobbed off as irrelevant.