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How are possible thyroid problems and depression linked?

How are possible thyroid problems and depression linked?

Related: Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) can mimic all of the symptoms of depression. It is important to have it checked to rule it out as a cause of the depressive symptoms as the treatment is different. With thyroid medication, the depression should improve. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


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Can Thyroid problems cause anxiety depression ?

Can Thyroid problems cause anxiety depression ?

Anxiety: Yes, it is possible. Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety and hypothyroidism can cause depression. However, the thyroid pathology would need to be significant for such symptoms. I recommend consulting your doctor about your concerns and possible serologic work up for any evidence of thyroid disorder. ...Read more

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If I have depression and I have no thyroid problems, I can take the amino acid L-tyrosine to burn fat and have a better mood?

If I have depression and I have no thyroid problems, I can take the amino acid L-tyrosine to burn fat and have a better mood?

Its in your food : L-tyrosine is already in much of the food you eat. Watch out for sensational promises by charming supplement salespeople and companies. ...Read more

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I seem to have no energy during the day. What steps do you recommend for gaining back energy? I have no thyroid problem and no depression.

I seem to have no energy during the day. What steps do you recommend for gaining back energy? I have no thyroid problem and no depression.

Many causes: There are so many things that can cause fatigue during the day it's probably best that you discuss this with your doctor so he/she can run labs and find out exactly what's going on with you. At the very least, make sure you get plenty of sleep. Some people gets by with 6 hours but maybe you need more. Also, one of the most common cause of daytime somnolence is obstructive sleep apnea. Eval this. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is my thyroid problem causing my depression or anxiety?

Docs can you explain, is my thyroid problem causing my depression or anxiety?

If you have abnormal: Thyroid function it could be. Depression can occur with hypothyroidism and significant anxiety can occur with hyperthyroidism (ie. Thyroid storm). ...Read more

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All bloodwork is normal, but i can't sleep! anxiety & depression not the problem, thyroid not the problem either, now what?

All bloodwork is normal, but i can't sleep! anxiety & depression not the problem, thyroid not the problem either, now what?

Sleep Med Consult: You sound very frustrated, and i can understand this if you're sleep-deprived. So glad you have normal blood work. But why are you emphasizing that anxiety & depression is "not" the problem? One or the other -- or even both -- can often contribute to sleep problems. Your next step could be consulting with a sleep medicine physician, with possible sleep study. http://www.aasmnet.org/. ...Read more

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I'm on two depression meds, and i'm always tired no matter how much sleep i get. My thyroid has been checked and is fine. What's the problem?

Multifactorial: Could b many things. Depression makes some people feel really tired. U only list one anti depressant, but also an anti histamine, which for some can cause fatigue. I would suggest eliminating alcohol completely since it can distort sleep architecture and cause non-restorative sleep. Make sure you're staying active during the day and unwinding properly at night. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more