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Can hypothyroidism cause depression? and how long can it take for your thyroid meds to work ?

Can hypothyroidism cause depression? and how long can it take for your thyroid meds to work ?

Hypothyroidism: is one of the leading medical causes of a depressed mood. You have obviously checked with your MD and on meds to boost thyroid function, so now you wait. Your MD will adjust the dose upwards or change the Rx is you do not respond within a reasonable time, but the MD and you will decide how long to wait., because it varies. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can Hypothyroidism medication cause depression?

Can Hypothyroidism medication cause depression?

Uncommonly yes: I'm not sure WHICH medication you're referring to but if we just hazard a guess and say, "LEVOTHYROXINE" then, in rare instances this medication has been reported to cause mental depression in patients. Typically though, when used in therapeutic doses to treat hypothyroidism one usually experiences a bit of a lift in mood (if they've been truly HYPO-thyroid) for some time. ...Read more

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Is my depression caused by my hypothyroidism?

Is my depression caused by my hypothyroidism?

Yes: Yes, depression is one of the symptoms of low thyroid function. In this case, it often gets better with treatment of the hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Will depression medicines cause hypothyroidism?

Will depression medicines cause hypothyroidism?

Specific: There are many types of antidepressants. Please re-ask and let us know specific medication you are concerned about. Thanks. ...Read more

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Tell me the difference between clinical depression and the depression caused by an illness like hypothyroidism?

Similar: The symptoms of clinical depression vs. Hypothyroid depression are very similar but the treatments are different. A new patient with depression symptoms should have their thyroid function tested to rule it out as a cause. The depression caused by the thyroid condition will respond well to thyroid medication not antidepressants. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism cause anxiety or depression?

Is hypothyroidism cause anxiety or depression?

Yes: Hypothyroidism can cause mood changes such as anxiety and depression. Your symptoms should improve when you take thyroid medication. It may take a few months for your thyroid to normalize. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be a cause for onset anxiety and depression symptoms and why?

Can hypothyroidism be a cause for onset anxiety and depression symptoms and why?

Possibly: Low thyroid levels affect every part of your body, including your brain. Depression can occur with hypothyroidism, not usually anxiety, though anxiety is common in general. I do not think the exact mechanism is known for why hypothyroidism causes depression, but probably involves changes in neurotransmitter levels. ...Read more

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Can severe hypothyroidism cause anxiety and panic attacks as well as depression?

Can severe hypothyroidism cause anxiety and panic attacks as well as depression?

Absolutely!: Any psychiatric disorder is possible with exceedingly low thyroid function, even psychosis. The best way to tease this apart is for three physicians to collaborate: primary care physician, endocrinologist, and psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause mental fogginess? I am also gettinf depressed and agitated for not sleeping.

Can hypothyroidism cause mental fogginess? I am also gettinf depressed and agitated for not sleeping.

Yes, it's 1 cause: Hypothyroidism can cause a feeling of mental sluggishness and "fogginess, " as well as depression. That's why the workup of someone who presents with depression, needs to include physical exam plus studies of thyroid function -- as well as multiple other areas too. Disturbed sleep makes it all worse. Please see your doctor for evaluation, and don't rely on herbal supplements alone for help. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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