Struggling with mood swings, poor concentration, memory loss, sleep difficulties, anxiety, even depression?
According to the British Thyroid Foundation it could be a sign of hypothyroidism as low thyroid hormones affect your mood.
The thyroid produces hormones which once released into the bloodstream fire up all organs and body systems, even the emotional centers of the brain. Therefore, when the thyroid is low it not only causes physical symptoms, it can can take a serious toll on your mood, and emotional well-being.
How Thyroid Hormones Affect Your Mood
Here’s what you need to know about the ways your thyroid affects your mood.
HYPERthyroidism and Mood
An overactive thyroid is most often associated with anxiety. The nervous system is over stimulated and is therefore associated with a racing heart racing, trembling, irritability, mood swings, and restless sleep.
HYPOthyroidism and Mood
A low thyroid is associated with severe fatigue, irritability, and mood disturbances. It’s also associated with memory lapses, poor concentration, and slower than normal mental processing.
The Thyroid-Depression Link
It’s widely accepted the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction often masquerade as depression and anxiety. In fact, research shows the incidence of depression is far higher in those diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
It’s the reason why thyroid experts call on routine thyroid screening for patients presenting with depression.
The two main warning signs of depression?
Feeling sad most of the time, and a loss of interest in activities that once gave pleasure, or a sense of purpose.
For some individuals, thyroid dysfunction can lead to serious depression, and debilitating psychiatric disorders. Therefore, any concerns should be discussed with a doctor, or an Endocrinologist who specializes in dealing with thyroid disease.
As you can imagine, you should get your thyroid thoroughly checked. If your doctor or endocrinologist diagnoses a thyroid disorder they will likely prescribe thyroid hormone replacement as an adjunct to antidepressant therapy.
Best Strategies For Treating Hypothyroidism Naturally
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Treating an underlying thyroid disorder can make a difference to how you feel.
Nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, and yoga are just some of the effective all-natural options you could consider.
But keep in mind, we all have unique needs so always check with your healthcare practitioner about a tailored treatment protocol. They can guide you on making informed decisions to ensure you are taking the right supplements and following the most treatment strategy.
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The Important Link Between Hypothyroidism and Depression
With stress levels at an all-time high depression is a growing problem. It’s well established there is a link between hypothyroidism and depression. You can read more on this important topic here: The Important Link Between Hypothyroidism and Depression
Note: This information should not be used as a substitute for treatment, or advice from your qualified healthcare practitioner. Consult your qualified healthcare practitioner before beginning any new nutritional product, diet, exercise, or health program as they are best suited to make recommendations to support your overall health. This is especially important if you have a diagnosed medical condition, are taking prescription medication, or have a specific genetic issue. Some natural health supplements are not recommended during pregnancy, or breast feeding due to a lack of scientific investigations.
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