How an Imbalanced Thyroid Impacts Your Mental Health

That tiny butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the front of your neck and the four pea-sized parathyroid glands beside it shoulder big responsibilities for your physical and mental health. More than 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA). Dr. Terry Baker and his experienced staff can determine if you have a thyroid imbalance and help you manage it when you do.

What exactly does the thyroid do?

The two-inch-long thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system that controls your metabolism. It affects your breathing, energy, even how quickly your heart beats. It also regulates body temperature and monthly menstrual cycles, and it helps create energy from the food you eat. The parathyroid glands produce a hormone that regulates calcium in your body.

When good glands go wrong

Sometimes, your thyroid produces too much or too little hormone. Or it enlarges and forms lumps. Common thyroid problems include:

A clear link between mind and body

Research into the mind/body connection showed that patients with anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders often possessed abnormal blood levels of thyroid hormone. Oftentimes, common psychological problems parallel physical disorders, as well. These include:

Look out for symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), including:

 Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause: 

Treating your thyroid conditions

Thyroid disease can affect your mood, causing such psychological disorders as anxiety or depression. Dr. Baker and his compassionate team treat your thyroid disease, which may also provide relief from any related emotional symptoms. Depending upon your particular thyroid issues, Dr. Baker and his colleagues can help manage your health through:

If you suspect you may have a thyroid imbalance or have any questions for Dr. Baker about your thyroid or other ear, nose, and throat problems, give us a call at 208-225-4408 today.

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