The Hypothyroidism – Depression Connection

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The Hypothyroidism - Depression

It was reported that people with depression, anxiety and psychiatric problems often have abnormal levels of thyroid hormone.  Researchers are now exploring the “controversial” link between subclinical thyroid problems and psychiatric difficulties, however there is nothing controversial about this connection.  It has been well established that depression is a symptom of low thyroid function.

Subclinical hypothyroidism is defined as low thyroid function that goes undiagnosed because it is below the surface of clinical detection, or has no recognizable clinical findings.   People with subclinical hypothyroidism may experience any or all of the following symptoms, but will often be misdiagnosed: constant tiredness, difficulty losing weight, depression, constipation, coarse hair, dry skin, cold intolerance, muscle cramps, memory loss, irritability, abnormal menstrual cycles, and brain fog.

We have found that people with these symptoms are actually exhibiting classic symptoms of low thyroid function and should be treated with desiccated thyroid.   Unfortunately, it is common for people with thyroid problems to be given a misdiagnosis of a psychiatric illness.  Often a person’s TSH blood work is “within the normal range,” so their physician will determine they are not hypothyroid strictly based on this one lab value, and diagnose them with depression.

Was your depression caused by hypothyroidism?  Share with us how you overcame your depression by treating your hypothyroidism naturally.

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