Hypothyroidism is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions and is mostly mistook to be depression, ADD, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. This condition is so easily misdiagnosed because it has very mild symptoms and the symptoms are also relate to mental disorders. Depression is one of the most common links that people make to the actual condition of hypothyroidism.
When someone’s body lacks the thyroid hormone, it is called hypothyroidism. It is a common condition and more than 10 million of Americans have it. And this figure is of those who are diagnosed – many others probably have it and do not know about it. This fact relates how easy it is to misdiagnose this condition and the fact that the symptoms of this condition are mild and severely relating to the symptoms of mental disorders, many either are completely unaware of the problem or misdiagnose it as depression.
Since the thyroid hormone relates to our metabolic system, one of the main symptoms is slow metabolism. Gaining weight rapidly and the inability to lose weight are both common symptoms of hypothyroidism. These two are elements that can further advance the other symptoms of hypothyroidism such as depression itself, irritability, weakness, nervousness, fatigue, muscle aches, etc. Imagine a person who often feels week, is irritable, gains weight fast, and is generally worn out – the first thing people will identify it as is depression, when in fact, it could be a case of hypothyroidism.
In fact, many psychiatrists make this common mistake as well. Since detecting medical disorders other than mental ones are not what they specialize in, if a person talks to them and relates these symptoms, they can easily label it as depression. Hypothyroidism is a vastly confused condition. To get the right diagnosis, it is always best to remember the symptoms if you show any of the symptoms see your Dr and have a test run on your thyroid. Do not identify it directly as a mental disorder, like depression, and head to the psychiatrist, it can do you well to also make a visit to a doctor and ensure it not a thyroid disorder you are suffering from first.