Your Thyroid and Depression: What's the connection?

Your Thyroid and Depression: What's the connection?

Depression may actually be caused by a thyroid imbalance. Most don’t give a second thought to this small gland in the neck when discussing depression. In fact, many times the thyroid is overlooked. It’s common for patients to be sent to therapy or prescribed antidepressants - treating only the symptoms and not getting to the root cause. This is especially common in women.

Why Does the Thyroid Cause Depression?

The connection between the thyroid and depression isn’t fully understood, but it is there. It is often found in those with hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is not working as it should be. The body’s processes slow down, energy slows, and depression can set it. A few of the common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are:

So, keep an eye out - if you are suffering from depression and you also experiencing other seemingly unrelated symptoms, you could be dealing with an underactive thyroid.  

How to Cope with Depression

First, it is important to know that you are not alone. Many people who are dealing with depression feel the same way you do, whether it is a mental illness or the result of hypothyroidism.  Below are a few suggestions on how to cope with what you are feeling. These simple tricks can help you stay on top of your depression when you start to feel a little overwhelmed.

Seek Help

Remember, since depression and thyroid disorders share many of the same symptoms, it's hard to tell these two issues apart. A simple blood test will help you determine the root cause of your depression – and determine your course for healing.  If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, don't wait to seek help. Depression and thyroid disorders are both treatable. The sooner you seek help, the better. For some, with a thyroid imbalance, once you start treating the underlying issue, it can help relieve some of the depression symptoms.

Learn how to naturally approach your health and heal your thyroid with Dr. Randy Hansbrough and his team. Call the office at (772) 287-7701 to schedule an appointment. Or sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation.

Other Blog Posts