If a family member is suffering from a thyroid problem, the common symptoms they manifest are physical: weight fluctuations, temperature, swelling in the neck, etc. But if you notice their moods changing, don’t brush it off. Their thyroid condition might have something to do with it also. Don’t ignore thyroid symptoms, doctor will say.
“How is it possible?” you might ask. “How can a doctor help?” What can I do to help my loved one?”
Here are the answers to these questions:
“Is It Possible?
Yes. Many symptoms associated with thyroid conditions can drastically alter your loved one’s mood; even the physical ones can mimic the symptoms of depression or other mood disorders. All of these occur due to rapidly changing or abnormal thyroid levels.
Two thyroid-associated issues can cause hormonal imbalance (which affects mood): hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
- Hyperthyroidism occurs when an overactive thyroid produces an excessive amount of hormones, which can cause sudden feelings of tension. Symptoms may include anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, difficulty in sleeping, impatience, and a short temper.
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is unable to produce enough hormones. Difficulty in concentrating, loss of appetite, decreased motivation, a short temper, overwhelming stress, and depression are some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Patients with this condition overall experience a dulling of personality, progressive loss of initiative, and memory problems.
Apart from these psychological symptoms, the physical changes due to a thyroid condition (such as loss of hair or weight gain) can lead to low self-esteem.
“How Can a Doctor Help?”
One of the primary solutions is to encourage your loved one not to keep their thoughts but to talk to their doctor. These mood swings are part of their overall condition, after all.
The first thing a doctor will do is run tests to check if your family member’s thyroid medication is well-balanced. In most instances, psychological symptoms improve and vitality returns since the disease is brought back under the control of proper treatment.
In the case of severe symptoms manifest, your doctor will refer you to an endocrinologist. They may also decide that depression or anxiety should be treated in its own right through anti-depressants or therapy.
“What Can I Do to Help My Loved One?”
Your loved one will also respond better to medication if they eat a healthy diet or manage their stress levels effectively. You can help them do both by preparing meals rich in vitamins and minerals and reduce their intake of sweets, salt, and other necessary food items. As for their stress, encourage your loved one to take rests regularly. Always assist in areas that you can but do not badger them. Doing so might increase their stress levels.
Talking can also help them relieve their emotional burden. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and ask them how you can help. If they refuse to talk about it, give them space. Your loved one might need time processing on their own.
A shift in moods is a common symptom associated with thyroid problems. If a family member has been extremely moody or emotional, practice patience. Instead of getting annoyed at them, support them, and help them manage their condition.