Emotions and the thyroid gland

2012-05-12 10.31.12-44http://www.btf-thyroid.org/information/leaflets/37-psychological-symptoms-guide



People with thyroid disorders often have emotional or mental health symptoms as well as physical symptoms. This is especially the case for people with hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid), hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid), thyroid related eye disease, or thyroid cancer.

What kind of emotional problems might I experience?

Whatever your type of thyroid disorder, it can make you feel more emotional than you felt before and you may find that your mood changes, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. Common emotional problems are:


  • Anxiety – a feeling of nervousness, with butterflies, heart racing, trembling, irritability, sleep difficulties


  • Depression – low mood and difficulty enjoying things, tearfulness, loss of appetite and disturbed sleep
  • Either over-activity or under-activity
  • Mood swings – snappiness or short-temper which people often call ‘moodiness’
  • Sleeping difficulties

What about mental health problems?

Mental health, or cognitive, problems that can occur, most often with thyroid under-activity, include:

  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Short-term memory lapses
  • Lack of interest and mental alertness

These symptoms can cause older people to worry about permanent memory failure (dementia) but in fact they are rarely as severe as seen in dementia.

5 thoughts on “Emotions and the thyroid gland

  1. Just had my annual wellness check (got a good report-card, yay), and was reminded of the adventure of getting the hypothyroid diagnosis years ago. Like most other conditions, diseases, and bio-characteristics, thyroid anomalies vary more widely from person to person and family to family than those without thyroid issues generally know. For my family, it was discovering that a half-dozen (at least, the diagnosed parties) are hypothyroid and symptomatic without registering anything much on the standard TSH test that is the norm for most docs and HMOs. We got lucky in finding an endocrinologist who specialized in the offbeat presentations, so we got both proper diagnoses and meds—but only by going out-of-network and out-of-pocket. Still, considering the years of discomfort and even misery that were prevented by it, from the physical to the emotional and mental, we’re all VERY glad we persisted and insisted. I hope your post wakes up some people who might not make the connections themselves otherwise. What a gift! Thanks for the thoughtful and useful reminder!!

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    1. I had more than ten years with it as the doctor forgot to tell me the results.Then I changed doctors and got a man and he took blood and I got treated but it was a terrible experience as I felt towards the end as if I was going made.I discovered some cousins on FB and they have it!Even with the thyroxine I have never felt the same but am grareful to that man despite the fact he always bruised me when he took blood.The women doctors always said it was the menopause.
      Congrats on your Exhibition! Looks wonderful. My real name is Kathryn too,:)


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