The thyroid gland is responsible for producing and regulating the thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones regulate the weight, energy and mood in our bodies. And yes, they can also play a role in depression.

Hormones play a huge role in bodily functions. Hormones in the endocrine system regulate growth and development, mood, sexual function, reproduction, and metabolism.

Depression is often times a symptom of an underactive thyroid gland, called hypothyroidism. These two conditions share a lot of similar signs and doctors often forget to check that someone who is depressed may also be dealing with low thyroid levels.

Hypothyroidism is often accompanied by low energy levels, too much sleep, fatigue, sluggishness and trouble concentrating. All of these are also signs of depression.

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism may include constipation, slight weight gain, menstrual changes, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, hair thinning, brittle or thick nails, skin dryness, yellow skin and hoarseness in the voice.

If your doctor suspects that your depression is because of hypothyroidism, given any of the above symptoms, he will check your thyroid levels. It can be detected by a blood test. If you have both thyroid and depression, you may feel better on thyroid medications instead of being on an anti-depressant.

It is important to understand that both depression and hypothyroidism are treatable and can be dealt with medications and few lifestyle changes. Seek your doctor’s help to follow  the right course of treatment.

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