There are many signs and symptoms of low thyroid function, but depression ranks highly as being one of the most serious and hardest to cope with. Depending on the degree of depression, you may need to seek medical help immediately. Studies of patients with depression have shown that a large percentage of them have some degree of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). It is so important to learn about the thyroid gland and how having an underactive thyroid can be treated to avoid further problems. There are things you can do, other than or along with medications, to help with your thyroid and depression.
Studies have linked a relationship between low thyroid function and depression. In one study thyroid function was evaluated in 250 patients that were referred to a psychiatric hospital for treatment of depression. Out of the 250 patients, 20 had some degree of hypothyroidism, ranging from overt levels to subclinical. Up to 20 percent of all chronic-depression may be related to low production of thyroid hormones. These results suggested that a significant number of patients with depression may have low thyroid function and may be candidates for thyroid replacement therapy. Unfortunately, most patients who are treated for depression do not first get thyroid tests.
Exercise will help with your depression. Any type of exercise will be good, but a nice brisk walk outdoors will be a wonderful way to lift your depressed mood. Walk somewhere that you can enjoy the scenery while you get your exercise. If you have a friend or someone special to join you, to talk to during your walk, it can be very therapeutic as well. Although it may seem hard to get started, usually once you are a few minutes into it, you will suddenly realize that your already feeling better. There is nothing worst than sitting in the house making excuses why you do not feel like exercising. Just do it, you will be glad you did!
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