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How Thyroid Complications Can Be Mistaken For Anxiety

Stressed woman with her head between her hands.

Your thyroid is an endocrine gland located at the front of your neck, and it plays a huge role in regulating your hormones. Your thyroid is essentially the commanding force behind your ovaries and your adrenal glands. When it isn’t working correctly, your body will experience physical and emotional symptoms that could be misconstrued for other mental or physical disorders. 

Common Symptoms

The most common symptom that we hear about is rapid and unexpected weight gain in unexpected areas. Other common symptoms include onset fatigue, cold intolerance, dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, constipation, insomnia, and nervousness. All of these stressors can lead to heightened anxiety, which is oftentimes overlooked and not treated as a thyroid issue. If you have been experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we encourage you to visit your doctor. 

Understanding Your Body

The thyroid regulates your ovaries, and when it is malfunctioning, your ovaries don’t produce enough estrogen. When your estrogen levels go down, your adrenal gland loses control. Then, even the small stressors of daily life can cause your adrenal glands to produce inappropriate amounts of adrenaline leading to feelings of anxiety and panic. 

These symptoms could be misconstrued for panic disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and sleep disorders. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, you could identify the issue by getting a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test. Be sure to get the full panel as TSH levels can fall into normal ranges even while experiencing thyroid dysregulation. If your results come back irregular, your doctor may suggest hormone-replacement therapy, medications, and other treatment options.

Get Professional Help

According to the American Thyroid Association, 12 percent of Americans will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime. With those odds, you may already be experiencing a thyroid disorder that could be treated to alleviate your symptoms. At our office, we pride ourselves in paying close attention to the overall wellbeing of our patients. With a holistic approach to your care, we will find solutions for all the symptoms you are experiencing.

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