Mood is affected by a wide range of factors. The body’s dopamine or serotonin levels, season affective disorder, and vitamin D for instance. The thyroid can also have a massive impact, being a possible root cause of depression entirely. An underactive thyroid, for instance, manifests as the feeling of slowing down. Fatigue, brain fog, both symptoms of depression. The cycle continues with lack of motivation, feelings of apathy when normal circumstances would see them feeling opposite. The thyroid gland, also known as the master gland, influences just about every cell in the body. It either slows us down or speeds us up. Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, either condition and a person will feel off.
Hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid, will stimulate the metabolism to quicken. With that the heart rate raises, pounding faster and making us irritable, a feeling of being on edge. While an underactive thyroid will drag that metabolism down. Digestion occurs at a slower rate, metabolism slowed, thinking slows. If your thyroid is not working in step with the rest of your body, then you’ll feel off, your mood will follow.
When it comes to Hashimoto’s, those mood alterations – irritability, anxiety, and depression, are the most second most common symptoms after weight gain and fatigue. Early stages of Hashimoto’s will see people going through ups and downs as their disease progresses, until in the advanced stages depressions reigns.
Here are ways to fight thyroid-related depression
While blue light can be used to alleviate low mood, especially during rainy days or winter months, addressing the triggers of your Hashimoto’s can be hugely beneficial. Things like food sensitivities, stress, nutrient deficiencies, and ability to handle stress. These are the irritants that will then trigger Hashimoto’s attacks which in turn then agitates the thyroid and can lead into this thyroid depression.
Removing food sensitivities, whether they be glutens or any of the other number of common foods, will in turn address intestinal permeability. With your body no longer fighting itself or agitated by foods it cannot process, it can heal and spend less time crippled by symptoms.
Nutrients, much like thyroid hormone levels, need to be in a certain optimal range for your body to function as it should. When these fluctuate too low (or high) your body kicks into survival mode pulling nutrients from other locations. In people with Hashimoto’s this can be seen when hair becomes brittle and falls out as your body leeches its needed iron reserves. The effect this can have on a person’s feeling of wellbeing is obvious. When testing for thyroid disorders, make sure to pay attention to your vitamin levels and supplement or change your diet as necessary to get to where your nutrient levels where they need to be.
To put it more bluntly, people who have suffered from these psychiatric diagnoses, who did not know it but were really suffering second hand effects from their thyroid condition were able to completely recover their mental wellbeing when the root problem was addressed. It is important to know the role Hashimoto’s and other thyroid disorders can play in depression and other mood disorders. Addressing it may not give you all the results in the world, but if the chance is there why not take it?
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