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Can Thyroid Cause Agoraphobia
Can untreated anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder lead to thyroid problems, for example hyperthyroidism? Thank you
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
No.: Thyroid disease creates many physical symptoms but not pseudoseizure. Pseudoseizures are seizure like activity produced by emotional / mental factors. Since thyroid disease is so common I am sure there are some with pseudoseizure and thyroid disease but there is no causal relationship. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Depression can be a symptom of depression, but usually hypothyroidism manifests with other symptoms at the same time. Depresion can also occur independently of thyroid dysfunction. It you wonder if your symptoms are related to hypothyroidism, ask your doctor to check TSH and free thyroxine levels in the blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Family transmission : Research consistently supports the notion that anxiety disorders run in families. Children of anxious parents are 4 to 7 times more likely than children of non-anxious parents to develop an anxiety disorder. Combination of genetic and psychological vulnerabilities. See one of the articles on my page that speaks to this (chapman et al 2012). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can bad news? Yes: If the cysts cause an imbalance in the hormones related to ovulation that have any effect on moods, then yes in a physiological way. But even if that's not the case, having ovarian cysts is bad news in the life of a young woman and can cause you to worry about the consequences for childbearing, life-span, etc. Work w/ your obgyn on the cysts and consider supportive therapy to address the feelings. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: This used to be fairly common. And perhaps almost as bad, untreated hypothyroidism will slowly erode your life so that you cannot do any of the things you enjoy. Your mind will slow and perhaps go insane, your heart can't keep up, you'll get fat, grotesque-looking and weak and be severely constipated. And eventually you get myxedema coma and die. Treating it is extremely easy if done on time. ...Read more
Biochemicals: Anxiety is result of our body's response to perceived threat. As an animal, we prepare to either fight or flee from danger. That calls forth many hormones, changes in the chemical levels in our blood, etc. The feelings of anxiety you experience ARE part of this. Some people are sensitive to these chemicals in an allergic way and hives can be an effort to protect you from your own protection. ...Read more
Fight or Flight: All of the physical symptoms of anxiety are directly the result of the cascade of physiological events that get triggered when your primitive fear & rage brain centers sense danger. Learn about this "fight or flight" response. Once you understand the physiology of anxiety, the symptoms make sense. This doesn't make them feel less unpleasant necessarily though! ...Read more
Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more
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