An underactive thyroid slows down body processes and can explain why it causes depression, lethargy and brain fog. In some instances, depression can be misinterpreted for thyroid disorders.
The thyroid gland is involved in control of body metabolism, either accelerate or suppress. Hyperthyroidism increases body metabolism while hypothyroidism decreases the pace of metabolism.
What is Hashimoto’s?
This is an autoimmune disorder which increases the number of thyroid antibodies, decreasing the production of thyroid hormones. There is a cascade of events that must ensue before Hashimoto’s is made evident.
To make a better understanding of Hashimoto’s, its triggers have to be understood. These triggers were described by Dr. Alessio Fasano as the three-legged stool of autoimmunity: genes, intestinal permeability, and certain environmental factors causing autoimmunity. An upset on any of the three factors can easily cause Hashimoto’s and vice versa.
Finding your trigger
The DIG-AT-IT system can determine changes that should be made for better health in relation to the thyroid. It stands for:
- Inflammation, immune imbalances, infections
- Gut, gluten
- Adrenals, alkaline phosphatase
The following are the most complained symptoms of Hashimoto’s:
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Unexplained weight gain or inability to shed some pounds irrespective of the lifestyle and diet
- Hair loss
- Cold hands and feet
- Gut complications
- Acid reflux
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Costiveness and diarrhea
- Depression, anxiety and panic attacks
- Brain fog
Symptoms of depression and mood disorders
It is common for some of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s to overlap with mood disorders and depression. Such include irritability, depression, psychosis, and anxiety.
An imbalance in hormone levels directly impacts on emotions and mental behavior which explains why they occur in thyroid disorders. Patients who did not suspect Hashimoto’s might have undergone heavy medication on antipsychotic drugs which cause severe symptoms. Mental behavior can relate to thyroid antibodies. Finding the root cause of one’s condition can be vital to avoid damage caused by misdiagnosis.