Emotions that are out of contol is a common problem we deal with when suffering from thyroid disorders. The psychiatric disturbances which accompany hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, the two commonest thyroid disorders, mimic mental illness. People with an overactive thyroid may exhibit marked anxiety and tension, emotional lability, impatience and irritability. An underactive thyroid can lead to progressive loss of interest and initiative, slowing of mental processes, poor memory for recent events, fading of the personality’s colour and vivacity, general intellectual deterioration and depression with a paranoid flavour.
Detection of the thyroid problem is complicated by the fact that everyone feels anxiety and tension to some degree, that many thyroid symptoms are similar to those of other diseases, and that hypothyroidism in particular often develops insidiously over a considerable time. But the results of overlooking the thyroid can be serious. It is very important for the physician to explore fully and give the tests for thyroid dysfunction, which today are relatively simple. When effective thyroid treatment is begun, the general response is quite favorable. Vitality returns and the mental processes become efficient again. If there is a residue of emotional difficulties, it may be related not to the thyroid gland but to other aspects of life.
This is definitely an area that needs attention from doctors, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies. I know that anytime I have mentioned that fact I feel depressed, the first offer is always an antidepressant. No additional questions asked. I also hear stories of how we are told our emotions are all in our heads or we are just being over-emotional women who just need to calm down. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a very real symptom of thyroid disease that needs to be addressed. I also found it interesting how they are testing how thyroid hormone is helping some with depression even though they don’t have thyroid disease.
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