Thyroid vs. mood disorder

An underactive thyroid can cause depression. Hypothyroidism usually starts with less functioning of the thyroid until it ceases completely. Most symptoms of an underactive thyroid are mental. The thyroid sets the pace for many functions of the body. If your thyroid malfunctions, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism develops.

In hyperthyroidism, metabolism is accelerated and one becomes irritable or oversensitive. Conversely, in hypothyroidism, metabolism is much slower and most mental actions become sluggish, one feels exhausted and dull.

Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune reaction on the thyroid. It occurs when immunoglobulin is produced against the thyroid causing a defect in production of the thyroid hormone.

To combat the symptoms of Hashimoto’s, it is vital to have proper knowledge on its triggers. Killing one of the trigger can make one heal fully of this disease. For example, intestinal permeability if alleviated can prevent activation of those other triggers. Knowing the exact trigger is not easy and healing can involve a lot of tasks. Dr. Alessio Fassano found that common triggers are:

  • Environmental triggers
  • Gene combinations
  • Intestinal permeability

Finding the cause

The ‘DIG-AT-IT’ system can pinpoint the exact lifestyle changes someone require. This acronym stands for:

  • Digestion/ depletion
  • Inflammation/ immune imbalances/ infections
  • Gut/ gluten
  • Adrenals/ alkaline phosphate
  • Triggers
  • Intolerances
  • Toxins

Symptoms

Most diagnosed Hashimoto’s symptoms are:

  • Exhaustion
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss especially in women
  • Cold hands
  • Gut-related complications (acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Memory lapse and slow thinking

Symptoms of depression and mood disorder

Mood complications, ill-temper and nervousness are common symptoms after gaining weight. Due to discord in thyroid levels, psychosis may kick in.

However, in the initial stages of the attack, thyroid hormone levels sky-rocket inducing hyperthyroidism. The thyroid hormone levels will subside then no more will be produced.

When Hashimoto’s develops fully, depression is common but in early stages mood swings are more prevalent. This mood swings are commonly misdiagnosed for bipolar disorder and some are given neuroleptic medication.

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