Even mild levels of hypo- or hyperthyroidism can cause behavior that looks like a mental health problem.
Hypothyroidism is related to fatigue, sluggishness, weight gain, inability to concentrate, memory problems and depression. You can appreciate how it might look like a mental illness.
Hyperthyroidism speeds up metabolism and causes sweating, heart palpitations, weight loss and anxiety. And, this cluster of symptoms may look like substance abuse.
The incidence of thyroid disorders increases with age and treating it prevents a decline in brain functioning.
If you have these symptoms, don’t automatically think you’re depressed or anxious, check with your doctor to rule out or diagnose thyroid disorders. It’s a fairly easy diagnostic process and treatment.
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