We all have a butterfly shaped gland in the back of our necks called the thyroid. The thyroid produces hormones that control different functions in the body. If these hormone levels are too high or too low, it affects the entire system, including our moods. The Mayo Clinic states that “thyroid disease can affect your mood — primarily causing either anxiety or depression.” In addition, it is estimated that nearly 10 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism. Studies show 1 in 6 Americans are on some form of psychiatric drug or antidepressant. Is that a coincidence? Probably not. If you suffer from depression, it could be because you have hypothyroidism.
How Low Thyroid Levels Can Cause Depression:
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. These hormones are known to affect many bodily functions including metabolism and energy levels. Harvard Health states, “when thyroid hormone levels are low, many organs and internal systems slow down, creating a wide range of symptoms — including depression. People over 60 may have only one symptom — such as mood impairment or difficulty concentrating.” If the hormone levels are low (or you have hypothyroidism), it could cause depression.
Are you wondering how to tell if you have hypothyroidism? If so, it will most likely accompany other symptoms. These symptoms include:
-frequently feeling cold
-dry skin or hair
For example, if you have depression, brain fog and frequently feel cold, you should see a provider. It is possible you have low thyroid. The good news is many respond well to thyroid treatments. In fact, you may even discover that your “depression and other bothersome symptoms subside[s] with time.”
However, if you have untreated hypothyroidism and are on an antidepressant, it may not be treating the root cause of your depression. At Complete Care Health Centers, we have many providers who specialize in thyroid health. Come in today to get your thyroid levels checked. Above all, we want to help you discover the root cause of your health issues, and get you back to feeling yourself!