Hypothyroidism & ADD/ADHD: What You Must Know As A Parent To Protect Your Child

Hypothyroidism & ADD/ADHD: What You Must Know As A Parent To Protect Your Child

Since the launch of Hypothyroid Mom I’ve been contacted by readers about their children suffering from ADD and ADHD. Therefore I was particularly intrigued when I read a post by Dr. Kirk Gair about the connection between hypothyroidism and ADD/ADHD in adults and children. I invited Dr. Gair here to share this often overlooked connection between ADD/ADHD and hypothyroidism. [Read more…]

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause

Do you know it is estimated 90% of people with hypothyroidism actually have the thyroid autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s? The crazy part is thyroid antibodies are often NOT tested. No doubt I have many Hypothyroid Mom readers here right now with Hashimoto’s and they don’t even know it.

I am a bookworm. I devour books. So you can imagine how many thyroid related books I’ve read. I had the pleasure of reading Dr. Izabella Wentz’s New York Times Bestseller Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause and I loved it!

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When Thyroid Disease Masquerades As Psychiatric Disorder

When thyroid disease masquerades as psychiatric disorder

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 reading this post right now are struggling with mental health issues? Is it possible that many of them have been misdiagnosed? [Read more…]

Hypo Like A Rock Star – Hashimoto’s

Hypothyroid Like A Rock Star: Hashimoto's

I love the community gathering on the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page. One of my readers named Samantha wrote that when her doctor discovered her sky high TSH levels, he responded, “You hypo’d like a rock star!” Now you know I couldn’t get that image out of my mind. A common scenario with Hashimoto’s is one in which the thyroid condition fluctuates between being underactive and overactive. For these Hashimoto’s sufferers, their symptoms fluctuate from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid and back again and forth like a rock star partying hard then crashing with a hangover then partying hard again. Their TSH swings up and down like a rock star gone wild! [Read more…]

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – It’s a Genetics Thing

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - It's a Genetics Thing by Holtorf Medical GroupWhen Hypothyroid Mom launched on October 1st, 2012, I hoped my blog would reach a few readers outside of my family and friends, but never did I imagine the number of people that it would reach in such a short time. I was blown away when thyroid expert Dr. Kent Holtorf, medical director of the non-profit National Academy of Hypothyroidism and medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group, included @HypothyroidMom in his recommended list of people to follow on Twitter on a Friday in early November (#FF FollowFriday).

Dr. Kent Holtorf @HoltorfMed

 #FF @HypothyroidMom @BHthyroid @crzythyroidlady @ThyroidMary @ThyroidChange @OutsmartDisease #hypothyroid #thyroid #hashimotos disease

When the Holtorf Medical Group contacted me recently about including this guest blog post at Hypothyroid Mom, I was so honored. It’s pretty obvious by how I responded to his team.

“Dr. Holtorf has been a great supporter of Hypothyroid Mom since I launched in October 2012. He shared my blog with his followers on Twitter in the very early days when no one but my family and friends had any idea I existed. Absolutely yes I would gladly include this guest blog post about Hashimoto’s disease.

Dr. Holtorf ROCKS! You let him know that.” [Read more…]