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Although the two aren’t often linked by the general public, the medical community has long-since begun to warn people of the connection between depression and thyroid problems.
First off, it’s important to understand the process that the thyroid undergoes before looking at depression and thyroid problems. The thyroid produces and in many ways regulates the flow of hormones through the body. Because of this, the thyroid can inevitably impact people’s mood, energy levels and, of course, mental health. As such, it is important to understand the full impact of thyroid problems on mental health, and what can be done to help people struggling with depression and thyroid problems.
The hormones that are produced by the thyroid gland have become notable and very accepted parts of onset depression. The problem is so prevalent, in fact, that doctors often urge potential sufferers to seek out blood tests and an assortment of other examinations to determine whether or not a thyroid-caused condition exists. It is worth noting, however, that it is possible to have depression and thyroid problems at the same time with the two not being interrelated in some way.
Courtesy of WebMD, here are some of the more well-known forms of thyroid problems:
• enlarged thyroid gland
• inability to tolerate heat
• infrequent, scant menstrual periods
• irritability or nervousness
• muscle weakness or tremors
• sleep disturbances
• vision problems or eye irritation
• weight loss
Some possible side-effects of this include:
• dry, coarse skin and hair
• frequent, heavy menstrual periods
• hoarse voice
• inability to tolerate cold
• weight gain
All in all, the connection between depression and thyroid problems is indisputable and one that deserves immediate medical attention. Anyone who feels as though they may be dealing with either depression and thyroid problems or depression in general, should contact their local mental health specialist as soon as possible.
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