Hypothyroidism Disease and Depression
Confusing common depression for hypothyroidism commonly occurs as they each have symptoms in common. Testing will show if it is a thyroid disease or not and in either case a doctor should be consulted for assistance. If you feel tired and “down” or depressed it may be assumed that you are suffering from depression. But it is always advisable to have a thyroid check done to make sure because even though symptoms may be similar, each has its own remedy along with ill effects.
Just what is hypothyroidism?
A disease of the thyroid gland, hypothyroidism occurs when there is not enough of the hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) produced by the thyroid gland which is situated beneath the larynx (voice box). This gland is necessary for various body functions including temperature and bowel regulation among others. While hypothyroidism is found in both sexes, it is far more prevalent in females.
People who feel tired, depressed, constantly sleepy, suffer from lack of libido, and generally feel apathetic may be diagnosed as suffering from either clinical depression or hypothyroidism that results in depression. A doctor can check your thyroid and soon diagnose you as having one malady or the other.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland produces hormones that control metabolism so in cases where they are found to be lacking, can result in:
- Weight gain
- Pain in joints and muscles
- Brittle and thin hair and fingernails
- Intolerance of the cold
If allowed to progress, the disease gives symptoms of:
- Dry flaky hair
- Slow speech
- Puffiness of hands and feet, as well as face
- Thin eyebrows
- Menstrual cycle abnormalities
A doctor can evaluate you for thyroid deficiency that results in hypothyroidism depression and other symptoms. The exam includes thorough inspection of hair, skin and blood. They will be looking for the above symptoms and also check heart rate, reflexes, and body temperature. Blood tests will determine how effectively your thyroid gland is in producing the hormones your body requires.
A positive result in the testing may include additional blood tests which include checking on cholesterol, serum prolactin, serum sodium, a CBC (complete blood count), and liver enzymes. The disruption of one or all of the normal hormonal activities can cause hypothyroidism depression and general loss of apathy.
Treating thyroid disorders and hypothyroidism depression
If the diagnosis is hypothyroidism, the drug of choice is Levothyroxine. It works for most patients and will become a medication used by those who suffer from thyroid disease for the rest of their life. The medication will restore hormone levels the thyroid no longer controls, to normal limits.
Hypothyroidism depression reacts to the proper medication particularly well. Patients who suffer from constant tiredness, lack of motivation and energy, sleep too much or too little, and feel depressed or anxious continually, when combined with the common symptoms of hypothyroidism, may well suffer from thyroid disease and hypothyroidism depression.
The traditional medication, Levothyroxine, will soon bring the chemistry of your body under control.