Depression and Thyroid Disease

Apr 15, 2017 Depression

Depression and Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease can throw off your hormone system in a heart beat.  You may be spending your time trying to correct negative thinking, using psychiatric medicine, meditating, and all other sorts of depression treatment, but you may have never considered that it could simply be a hormone imbalance issue.

Having a check up on the state of your thyroid glands is a must especially as you enter into a higher age.  Diagnosing an issue isn’t quick or easy, but there are enough ways of doing this that you can get a very conclusive answer once the tests are completed.  For instance, the first thing the doctor or nurse is going to do is feel your neck.  Sometimes this is called palpating and what it involves is the manual hunt for lumps or nodules around your neck.  Goiter involves the enlargement of the thyroid glands and can be felt or even sometimes become visible to the naked eye.  This is the quickest and most obvious way of checking for a thyroid problem.

You can have your thyroid reviewed with a stethoscope.  What happens is that the practitioner will listen in on your neck and attempted to hear what is called a bruit, which is a larger amount of blood flowing through your thyroid.  This is an indication of increased mass size.  They may also take one of those little hammers and check your knee reflexes.  Faster or slower responses can be related to hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.  The same goes for your heart rate and blood pressure.

Weight gain, blood pressure, reflexes, body temperature, and hair gain or loss are also indicators that something is going on with your thyroid.  These are just some of the options.  Less conclusive tests that can still lend confidence to the theory are shaky hands, bone density issues, slow movement and speech, and edema.  The best thing to have done is a blood test, but it can become a little more costlier.

The point of this post is don’t rule out hormonal issues, especially related to the thyroid, when considering the cause of your depression!