Your Thyroid and Depression

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If You Are Depressed: Get Your Thyroid Checked!

If you are depressed, make sure you have gotten your thyroid checked.  There is a strong link between the thyroid and depression: sometimes when people are hypothyroid, they become depressed.  Hypothyroid just means your body is not producing enough of the thyroid hormones.  It can be checked with a simple blood test and then you can be put on synthetic thyroid hormone, which is inexpensive and fixes the problem.

thyroid and depression

Iodized Salt

Sometimes, people develop a thyroid problem because they only use specialty salt.  By “specialty salt,” I mean sea salt, kosher salt, etc.  There is nothing wrong with specialty salt in and of itself.  However, regular, table salt is iodized.  That means they put trace amounts of iodine in it.  They (they=the World Health Organization in collusion with the salt manufacturers) started doing this because people who did not live by the ocean were not getting the trace amounts of iodine necessary in their diet and were developing thyroid problems.  A little iodine in the salt and problem solved.  Now, with all the specialty salts, the problem is returning for some people.

People need trace amounts of iodine in their diet, whether from salt, diet, or other supplements in order to maintain a healthy thyroid.  This has been well known for a long time.  For many, it is very hard to get these trace amounts other than from iodized salt.

Iodized Specialty Salts

Because people are remembering that there is a need for iodine in their salt, but many people prefer sea salt or wish to have kosher salt, it is now possible to order specialty salts with iodine in them.

Other Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

You might be wondering what some other symptoms of hypothyroidism are.  Besides there being a link between the thyroid and depression, there is a link between other symptoms and having an underactive thyroid.  Here they are:

  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

These could also be symptoms of other disorders, so be sure to always discuss all your medical symptoms with your doctor.

Sometimes, when you feel depressed or sluggish, it can be hard to remember your symptoms or what you intended to discuss with your doctor.  That is why it can be a good idea to write these things down in a notebook which you carry with you.  Alternately, you can save them to a memo on your smartphone.  Having poor concentration and/or difficulty remembering things are symptoms of depression, so it is important to create habits that will help you to get the assistance that you need to get well!

thyroid and depression


If you feel depressed and are not sure if your thyroid has been checked or not, it is important to ask your doctor whether, in your case, there is a link between your thyroid and depression.  Write it down and make sure you mention it at your next doctor’s visit.  This could make a huge difference to your life.

If you have been consuming only salt that is NOT iodized, consider switching back to iodized salt.  The trace amounts of iodine are necessary for healthy thyroid function.


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