How thyroid imbalance can cause anxiety and depression
- An aside on Abram Hoffer and orthomolecular medicine
- Thyroid disorders: frequency, causes, symptoms and the mood/anxiety connection
- Hashimotos thyroiditis and anxiety
- Hyperthyroidism and anxiety
- Testing: basal temperature and blood tests
- Conventional medical treatment
- Natural thyroid hormones and dietary factors
- Shoulder stands, rebounding and exercise for stress and anxiety
Hyla and I recently both presented at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health conference. While we were these I asked her to do a quick video. Here it is…
Here is Hyla’s answer to: “What are some of the other factors that can cause us to have a low thyroid function?”
Well, if you’re not converting T4 to T3, you want to go another step deeper, and that is why aren’t you converting T4 to T3? Because that is the active form. So it could be that you’re converting it to inactive form, which is reverse T3. That’s what you do in times of stress. It could be that you’re deficient in certain minerals that are required to convert the T4 to T3. Those are selenium, for example, zinc, magnesium.
We need to have a lot of chemicals in our body, a lot of good chemicals, good vitamins, good minerals for all the chemistry to work properly. So rather than simply replacing thyroid hormones, which is a good idea and it works, but also to find out what’s going on to make your body produce the T3 instead of giving it exogenously, giving external T3. But let’s encourage the body first to make it.
Or your adrenals can be wiped out. You get really stressed and your adrenals are working too hard, and they kind of go on strike. What happens when your adrenals are really exhausted is they’re releasing cortisol. You actually suppress your thyroid, your production of thyroid. You could actually have a low TSH and a low T4 and a low T3. It has to do with your adrenal glands being really tired. What you look for is reverse T3. That’s a good clue that your adrenals are not functioning on all cylinders.
Here is the paper: The prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders in patients with euthyroid Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: a comparative study, discussing the connection between thyroid disorders and anxiety and depression (and treatment resistant depression)
Euthyroid Hashimotos thyroiditis and euthyroid goiter increase predisposition to major depression and anxiety disorders, and thyroid autoimmunity and other thyroid pathologies should be investigated in euthyroid patients with chronic and treatment-resistant complaints.
We discussed hyperthyroidism and psychiatric diagnoses. Here is the paper in the European Journal of Endinocrinology: Hyperthyroidism and psychiatric morbidity: evidence from a Danish nationwide register study:
Hyperthyroid individuals have an increased risk of being hospitalized with psychiatric diagnoses and being treated with antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anxiolytics, both before and after the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism.
Here is the 2014 paper I mentioned – Paradigm shifts in thyroid hormone replacement therapies for hypothyroidism.
Impaired psychological well-being, depression or anxiety are observed in 5-10% of hypothyroid patients receiving levothyroxine, despite normal TSH levels
Here is a link to my interview with Dr. Prousky – Tapering off psychiatric drugs so they don’t ruin your life. It has information about the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine
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