Top
19
Doctor insights on: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,567 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
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

4

4
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

5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
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

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
Can hypothyroidism cause joint pain and it is hard to concentrate on any work i feel depressed are this common in hypothyroidism ?

Can hypothyroidism cause joint pain and it is hard to concentrate on any work i feel depressed are this common in hypothyroidism ?

Yes: Arthralgia or joint pain is not uncommon in hypothyroidism but you should not have joint pain only it is treated and TSH level is normal. Check TSH level and if it is normal then you should talk to your doctor to identiy other common diseases such as RA or JRA (Juvenile RA) or some autoimmune diseases like lupus which usually manifest as joint pain. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
13

13
I have hypothyroidism and it feels like I have hyperthyroidism. Could I have depression?

I have hypothyroidism and it feels like I have hyperthyroidism. Could I have depression?

Possibly, but: I don't know what treatment you're now receiving, or whether you're being followed by an endocrinologist? Have you seen a psychiatrist? Often, collaborative treatment is needed to evaluate and effectively treat these conditions. You don't list any medications in your patient information. So, please work with your own physician, who can advise you better than we can from healthtap. Be well. ...Read more

14

14
Can hypothyroidism and depresion complletly treated by med?Can depresion from this disease treated complelty?Inherited depression can treat fully?

Can hypothyroidism and depresion complletly treated by med?Can depresion from this disease treated complelty?Inherited depression can treat fully?

Yes: Yes both conditions can successfully be treated by medication. Depression is complex, but the faster one gets treated, the better the long term prognosis. Counseling is also important. Research shows combination of medication and psychotherapy superior to either one alone. ...Read more

15

15
Through what mechanism can hypothyroidism and depression go hand in hand?

Through what mechanism can hypothyroidism and depression go hand in hand?

Symptom overlap: Sometimes people with hypothyroidism can feel so lackluster, fatigued, and slowed down that they appear depressed. Cognitive function itself may be slowed, similar to some depressions. That's why checking for thyroid problems is part of a workup for depression. A person can also have both conditions, and need treatment for each. ...Read more

16

16
My bowel disease is now fine and hypothyroid is getting better am i fine now will my depression also go slowly?My age is 17 is there reocurence chance

My bowel disease is now fine and hypothyroid is getting better am i fine now will my depression also go slowly?My age is 17 is there reocurence chance

Hard to predict: If your depressed mood was a symptom of your hypothyroidism, it should improve with treatment of that disease. Some people, however, have both hypothyroidism and major depressive disorder and need to be treated for both. Time will tell for you. I'm glad to hear your bowel disease is better and that you are in treatment. ...Read more

17

17
I frequently have bouts with depression that i cannot explain. Can this be related to my medical condition, I have hypothyroidism for the last 2 years or longer, I have experienced mood swings that last for a few hours the change. I have been hypothyroid

I frequently have bouts with depression that i cannot explain. Can this be related to my medical condition, I have hypothyroidism for the last 2 years or longer, I have experienced mood swings that last for a few hours the change. I have been hypothyroid

I'm : I'm so glad you're sharing your question with the avvo readership, as it raises several important issues: 1) an accurate diagnosis is the most important thing right now. It's extremely important that you go to a psychiatrist who will take time to sort out the issues at hand. 2) at age 52, hormonal changes occur that can lead to unpredictable mood swings. If your period has become unpredictable, you may be perimenopausal. If so, there are treatments that can help with these accompanying symptoms. 3) it would be easy to see if you need a change in your thyroid hormone dose by doing a blood test. Your doctor has probably already done this, but it's good to ask him or her. However, what do you feel like when you say, "your body cannot produce enough of the hormone?" are you tired, cold, sleeping poorly, concentrating poorly, noticing changes in your weight and appetite? To be more specific with your symptoms will be very helpful to your doctor, and if you see a psychiatrist for further clarification, to that person as well. Thanks for sending this question in. I hope this answers was helpful. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
I want to knoweverything about my conditions. Help with hypothyroid cholesterol depression ADHD and anxiety.

I want to knoweverything about my conditions. Help with hypothyroid cholesterol depression ADHD and anxiety.

Read a lot: The more you read about each of the conditions the better off you will be (generally speaking). Best to stay out of the chat rooms as you can easily get misinformed. Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and other big clinics have excellent patient oriented materials on line. I like Wikipedia as it goes into some detail and is free of commercial bias. You can easily cross reference medical terms. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
2 doctors agreed:
19

19
Dear sir, I have hypothyroidism I take 100mcg of T4. Still I spent 4 months, but I have depression. Can I cytomel (liothyronine)?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
2 doctors agreed:
Dear sir, I have hypothyroidism I take 100mcg of T4. Still I spent 4 months, but I have depression. Can I cytomel (liothyronine)?

Cytomel (liothyronine): Is a synthetic version of T3, (liothyronine) used for low thyroid and for depression. You are already taking T4, so talk to your doctor first. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
1,239 doctors shared insights

Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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