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:
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