Thyroid & Mental Health

Girl_suffering_form_anxietyDid you know that January is thyroid awareness month? Problems with the thyroid, a gland in your neck, can manifest in anxiety or depressive symptoms. There are two types of thyroid problems that can develop gradually over years:

  1. Hypothyroidism signs and symptoms include:
    • Decreased metabolic rate
    • Fatigue
    • Increased sensitivity to cold
    • Constipation
    • Weight gain
    • Reduced appetite
    • Reduced heart rate
    • Reduced blood pressure
    • Depression
    • Impaired memory
  2. Hyperthyroidism signs and symptoms include:
    • Increased metabolic rate
    • Nervousness
    • Anxiety
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Hand tremor
    • Excessive sweating
    • Weight loss
    • Sleep problems

Like many diseases, symptoms can gradually become more severe if left untreated. Moreover, many of these symptoms mimic depressive and anxiety disorders and are sometimes misdiagnosed as such. If you have been experiencing depressive or anxiety symptoms, it is a good idea ask your primary care physician to help you determine if there is any medical cause for what your are experiencing.

Here are a few resources if you want to learn more about hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism:

Intuition Wellness Center specializes in looking at clients as a whole, which means that we are not just treating symptoms but rather assessing lifestyles factors, considering medical as well as psychological causes, and social influences to help determine the best course of treatment. If you believe you are struggling with anxiety or depression, we are here to help. Call 520-419-6636 for a free phone consultation.

Written by: Yoendry Torres, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist