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Hypothyroidism And Depression
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I've been on antidepressants for 3 years. Today I was told I might have hypothyroidism, which causes depression. How is the treatment in this case?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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