Has Your Thyroid Taken You Hostage?

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are potentially very dramatic diseases that all too often fly under the radar and go untreated.

And that’s because their symptoms so often mimic a variety of disorders; including panic, generalized anxiety, psychosis, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Incidentally, one of the major contributors to panic and anxiety within the context of thyroid dysfunction is the overuse of adrenal hormones in an effort to compensate for too little or too much thyroid hormone production.

Because thyroid disease symptoms mimic those of panic disorder, an inordinate number of thyroid disease sufferers have mistakenly been prescribed antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and anxiolytics to relieve symptomatology that could have been knocked-out by a thyroid disease diagnosis and indicated treatment.

Indeed, once a thyroid disease sufferer is properly treated, many are completely cured of their anxiety and panic. So, obviously, the relationship between thyroid disease and panic merits huge consideration as attempts are made to account for the presence of panic attacks.

Now, when I had my anxiety assessment at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 1989, a thyroid evaluation was included. If you haven’t been assessed for thyroid dysfunction, get after it. What an awful tragedy to endure such huge distress because of an overlooked or incorrect diagnosis, and subsequent lack of indicated treatment.

If you’re having a thyroid evaluation within the context of panic, don’t settle for just a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test, as thyroid issues may still exist even if the TSH results return in the normal range. Tests measuring levels of T4 and T3 hormones, for example, significantly contribute to an accurate assessment of thyroid functioning, so don’t be shy about asking for supplemental lab work.

In closing, please don’t place all of your hope for panic relief upon the supposition you may simply have thyroid issues, or other biological disorders. I mean, that could well be the case, but what if it isn’t? I just don’t want you to set yourself up for a huge letdown. So go into medical assessments with a sense of realism. Okay?

Have you ever had your thyroid function tested? If not, will you call your doctor and make the arrangements?