307. Depression, Anxiety, and Your Thyroid

doctor and patient

If you are depressed or anxious, the first thing you should do is see a doctor for a complete physical, including a thorough blood workup…before taking medication or seeing a psychotherapist. Among a number of physical conditions that can cause depression or anxiety, an underactive or overactive thyroid may be the culprit.

If your thyroid is underactive, the symptoms may include fatigue, fuzzy thinking, and depression. If your thyroid is overactive, the symptoms could be anxiety, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

A woman, who was fatigued and depressed, had had her thyroid levels checked for eight years. They seemed to be normal. It was not until a comprehensive lab test that a doctor suggested treatment. Thyroid disease is not an isolated occurrence: more than twelve percent of the population in the U.S. have some form of it.

Depression is best treated by a regimen of body, soul, and spirit. Start with the body.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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