Hypothyroidism is a kind of ‘under-active thyroid’. This means that one suffering from it, shows a lack of thyroid hormones adequately necessary for proper metabolism of the body. Hence, one with hypothyroidism will show slow metabolism rate due to which he/she can feel fatigue and weight gain.
As many as 10% of women show a deficiency in the thyroid hormone.
There can be two major causes for this- firstly, inflammation of thyroid glands which damage a major portion of the mass required for normal functioning of the body.
Second cause can be due to medical treatment of thyroid for prevention of other diseases like cancer; if a part of the necessary amount of thyroid gland is removed, it can show later problems like hypothyroidism.
However, the bodily dysfunction is not entirely physiological. Hypothyroidism develops slowly and is associated with symptoms like, fatigue, lethargy, weight gain, coarse hair, hair loss, rough skin etc. but we cannot neglect the mental symptoms of this disease which are memory loss, irritability, depression, and stress.
Hypothyroidism affects in poor mental health, and a major reason is hormonal imbalance, which has been considered a primordial factor for fluctuating moods in human beings, especially among women. The same reason is applicable for deterioration of mental health due to hypothyroidism.
When the body doesn’t undergo proper digestion, we normally feel heavy, overweight and pulled down which is directly associated with swinging depression and sadness.
Low mood, stress and abnormal worry about self is common in this case.
Fatigue and lethargy, physically can affect you poorly in the mind, one feels distracted and dejected with life, when they lack energy.
Abnormal menstrual cycles and decreased libido are caused during hypothyroidism which again relates to mental health condition; low self-esteem, anxiety and organic psychosis are easily observable.
Hypothyroidism invariably affects the intellectual abilities of a common individual.
However psychological disorders if prevailed before the development of this disease, cannot be related to lack of thyroid, but it is difficult to identify and distinguish them, because the psychiatric symptoms are similar for both, and hypothyroidism slowly grows in the body, hence changes are noticeable over a period of time. Hence proper diagnosis is very important.
What can be the possible remedy?
Of course, medical therapy indulging in psychiatric medications by specialized experts, is necessary.
Thyroxine was earlier used for balancing the effects of thyroid deficiency, however today, lithium therapy is gaining popularity due to its natural properties and have been proved to be useful to middle aged women, who are most vulnerable to symptoms of hypothyroidism.
What can you do to prevent this or improve your situation?
During hypothyroidism, people develop numerous intolerances towards different kinds of food, temperature etc.
Stay away from Gluten- avoid processed wheat products or dairy products from cow. If you take dairy, it can be from goat or sheep milk, to avoid inflammation of thyroid glands.
Check your iodine level- If they are low, use more of iodised salts, kelp or iodine supplements.
Detoxify your body- intake of detoxifying agents are remove those harmful metal generates from your cells and organs.
Lower carbohydrate intake- reduce the intake of sugars and grains, and replace them with healthy fats; more carb has increase estrogen level, especially in women, which affect the thyroid negatively.