Hypothyroidism ruined my relationship

Hypothyroidism ruined my relationship

Hypothyroidism has the power to affect our lives so completely. [Read more...]

The Truth About Hypothyroidism And Depression

The Truth About Hypothyroidism And Postpartum Depression

May 25th is World Thyroid Day. I dreamed of a site where hypothyroidism sufferers from across the globe could come together, empower themselves with knowledge, and take charge of their thyroid health. In 7 months since its launch in October 2012, Hypothyroid Mom has 194,162 monthly pageviews with 61,413 monthly unique visitors from 165 countries in the world. Thanks to all of you, Hypothyroid Mom is even better than I dreamed.

I was contacted by a reader with a story that drove straight to my soul. Her story hit me so hard that I sat motionless with my head down on my desk. If you’ve ever questioned the seriousness of hypothyroidism, that ends today right now with this post. [Read more...]

When Thyroid Disease Masquerades As Psychiatric Disorder

When Hypothyroidism Masquerades As Depression

One of my most popular posts at Hypothyroid Mom was a post entitled Mental Disorder or Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism? A reader contacted me soon after the launch of my blog in October 2012 with a story that has haunted me to this day.

Dear Dana,

I found your blog Hypothyroid Mom and feel a need to contact you directly. I was an energetic successful person and in one year I fell down and literally broke. I was put in a mental health ward because I went days without sleeping, felt so tired I couldn’t function and found myself delusional and couldn’t stop the words running through my head. I was diagnosed bipolar and drugged up with medication. I saw the line of bipolar patients waiting every morning in the psych ward for electric shock therapy. The only thing that saved me from electric shock was my mother yelling NO.

For four years I was drugged up so bad that my mind wasn’t right. I told the psychiatrists and doctors that something wasn’t right with me. From 110 pounds my weight went up to 245. I was so tired, suffered pains from fibromyalgia. My heart rate was pounding at 155 and my blood pressure was through the roof. They just kept telling me I was bipolar and that I was a hypochondriac.

Finally after 4 years of bipolar medications to the max, a close family member was diagnosed with hypothyroidism so my doctor tested me too. I have a family history of thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’ve suffered so many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism you list on your blog for so many years.

Every single time I attend a bipolar support group I ask everyone if they are hypothyroid and every time half the people raise their hand and the other half have no clue what it is and they don’t know if they have been tested.

Jana

This post sparked so much interest that many thyroid sufferers contacted me with their personal horror stories of psychiatric disorders. I can’t stop wondering how many fellow thyroid sufferers are in mental health wards right now being drugged up and given treatments such as electric shock therapy? How many fellow thyroid sufferers reading this post right now are struggling with mental health issues? Is it possible that many of them have been misdiagnosed? [Read more...]

Mental Disorder or Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism?

Mental Illness Or Thyroid Disease?

I stopped breathing momentarily when I received a message from one of my blog readers…trying to think back to all my years of work with children and adults with various forms of mental disorder. Is it possible that some people suffering from mental disorder are in fact undiagnosed or under-treated hypothyroidism sufferers? This reader has left me thinking over all I have learned about mental disorders and all the cases of children and adults I have worked with over the past 20 years. She has turned my perspective on mental health literally upside down. [Read more...]