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Hypothyroidism And Depression

Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:20 pm

Wow, I looked up stuff for this online and there is too much to handle. Is there anybody who experiences or has to deal with this? Or even if anybody knows about it that could tell me about it?
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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 12:07 am


I had HYPERthyroidism for years and just recently had the radioactive iodine treatment(back in June actually). It takes 6-8 weeks for your thyroid to go bye-bye and before you can start taking synthroid...which I'm now taking. I did go low before I started the synthroid...but I don't know anything much about the stastics of depression and whatnot. I do know from personal experience that you do get mood swings and have severe ups and downs...but I don't know if I was depressed or not.

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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:22 am

Hypothyroidism and depression are definitely linked. My family has a history of autoimmune thyroid problems. If you are dysthymic (that is, depressed for a long period of time) then you should be tested for your TSH level (thyroid stimulating hormone.) If your TSH is high, that usually means your thyroid is not responding to your body's attempt to fire up your metabolism.

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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 3:43 am

Best thing you can do is see a doctor and get your thyroid levels checked if you think that's the cause. Speculation is generally unfruitful and everyone is going to have an opinion on this. Better to find out for sure.

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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 5:20 am

My wife was pretty much in Skyway1's situation. She's on synthroid now. And she's not depressed at all. But she does depress me sometimes, but that's another story...
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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 6:38 am

Would anybody know how to connect the symptoms of depression to a possible thyroid problem? I want to know more information about this before taking action.

btw, This actually isn't for me.
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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 6:48 am

Tbar220, you should try http://www.webmd.com. My mom has the same problem. She has to take a pill every day for the rest of her life.

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RE: Hypothyroidism And Depression

Tue Sep 28, 2004 11:12 am

I know it's related, as it's something I deal with nearly everyday.

I have had hypothyroidism every since I was three months old, and I was VERY lucky that it was diagnosed accurately back in Oct. 1973. As a result, I was put on Synthroid, and have been taking it ever since, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. There are generic drugs My thyroid gland never functioned to begin with, and had it not been found, I would not be who I am today, in terms of physical and mental health. My Mom's cousin was believed to have the same disease, but in the 1950's in England (as with everwhere else back then) it was misdiagnosed, and he never develloped fully and died early, unfortunately. Great strides have been made since then, I wouldn't be surprised if they can detect it before babies are even born.

Although my TSH levels are within the acceptable range, I feel like I'm very susceptible to depression, and feel great at some times, really down in others, and certain situations can really affect it. This year has been hard for me, as I've been depressed a lot this year, except during my time in Europe in July... Big grin Anyhow, I tried taking an anti-depressant but it gave me headaches and made my heart race, so I stopped it. On my own, I try to focus on small victories to prevent me from sliding down the slippery slope into short-term depression, before something lifts me back up.

Tbar: I would definitely suggest that the person you know find an endocrinologist in your area. Call the health insurance provider, and they can most likely recommend a specialist. Also, there's a myriad of books on the topic, "Thyroid Power" is a good one as well.

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