Depression, this country's most common mental health condition, is frequently caused by thyroid imbalance.
Thyroid problems are extremely common and often hidden. Thyroid imbalance often causes mental imbalance.
Mis-diagnosing thyroid problems as depression is quite costly for individuals, as well as for the whole health care system. Antidepressant medicines can cost several dollars per pill, as opposed to several cents per pill for thyroid medicine.
Low mood from thyroid imbalance is best treated with thyroid medicine. When antidepressants are used instead, the result is usually a long drawn out partial resolution, with many serious side effects.
Moreover, since the underlying thyroid illness is left untreated, its eventual symptoms (weight gain, fatigue, high cholesterol, high blood sugar) often remain as on-going problems. Each of these, in turn, can be similarly treated with other expensive ongoing medicines, that also ignores the underlying thyroid cause.
For drug companies, this tangle of perpetual symptoms is the fulfillment of a dream. But, for health consumers footing the bill, the situation is a nightmare.
We can wake up from much of this nightmare simply by increasing our awareness of the surprising thyroid connection to mental health. Depression, this country's most common mental health condition, is frequently caused by thyroid imbalance.
Richard Shames, MD.