Medically reviewed by Neka Miller, PhD on February 11, 2021. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
Are you wondering if thyroid problems can cause anxiety? Here, we dig into the mental and emotional health symptoms related to thyroid disorders, so keep reading to find out more.
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Before we dive into the possible mental and emotional health symptoms of thyroid disorders, let’s first talk about the basics.
Here are a few important things you should know about thyroid function and disease:
If you’ve been feeling off for the past few months without knowing why, you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance tied to thyroid issues. Below are some of the most common symptoms that could be linked to thyroid dysfunction.
Some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:
Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include:
Have you been experiencing some of these symptoms and you suspect your thyroid hormones may be off-balance?
Take the Everlywell Thyroid Test to measure the levels of three main thyroid-specific hormones in your body: TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), T3, and T4—plus thyroid antibodies (TPOab). Your test results could be the first step in helping you understand the hormonal influences behind some of the symptoms your body may be experiencing.
As noted by the symptoms list above, in some cases thyroid disease may affect your mood. This includes anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Generally, the more severe your thyroid disease, the more severe the mood changes may be.
If you have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), you may experience:
If you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), you may experience:
Have you been feeling anxious lately and think it could be related to thyroid problems? Find out more about your personal thyroid health with the at-home Everlywell Thyroid Test. You collect your sample from the comfort of home, send it to a CLIA-certified lab for testing, and receive your easy-to-understand, digital results in days.
Your test results could be the first step in helping you understand some of the symptoms you’re experiencing. From there, you can work with your healthcare provider to plan for next steps. (Note that if you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, speaking with a mental health professional about your symptoms is one of the best steps you can take.)
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