You are unhappy, almost all the time, but there is seemingly no particular reason for your sadness. Sure, you could be suffering from clinical depression. But, and this is a but most people don’t know about, it could also be the result of an undeveloped or overworked thyroid.

The thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the lower part of the neck, is mainly responsible for releasing hormones that regulate growth, metabolism, and heart rate. While it is really small, and unfamiliar to most, the thyroid gland can actually play a massive role in ensuring that other parts of your body functions properly. The reason for that being that it is in charge of releasing the appropriate amount of hormones within the body.

If your hormones are imbalanced or thrown out of whack, it can result in a magnitude of other complications, including reproduction issues, fatigue, anxiety, and, you guessed it, depression. In fact, an underactive thyroid is the leading cause for misdiagnosed clinical depression in the U.S. Part of the problem is that instead of working to maintain a proper balance of hormones, physicians prescribe ineffective anti-depressive medication. Sadly, discovering that an imbalance of hormones could be the cause of your depression can be as simple as a blood test.

Depression, weight gain, and fatigue are the three key indicators of an underactive thyroid. There are, however, some other signs you should take notice of as well:

  • Brittle hair
  • Forgetfulness
  • Puffy skin
  • Dry, coarse skin
  • Constipation
  • Frequent, heavy menstrual periods

Thankfully and as previously mentioned, a simple blood test will be able to show if your hormone levels are irregular. But to be able to determine if your thyroid is the problem, a specific thyroid blood test must be issued. This test is called a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test, and it is usually performed by an endocrinologist. Based on your results, your endocrinologist may refer you to Dr. Larian, a thyroid expert.

Contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery today with any questions – 310.461.0300.