WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones to meet the body's needs. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck. It creates hormones that help regulate metabolism, energy level, growth, and development. Underactive thyroid glands do not produce adequate hormone levels, which slows metabolism, leading to fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin, and hair loss. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed through blood tests that measure the levels of thyroid hormones and thyroid-stimulating hormones, or TSH.
What causes Hypothyroidism?
There are several causes of hypothyroidism, including autoimmune disorders, surgery, radiation therapy, medications, congenital defects, iodine deficiency, and pituitary gland problems.
Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, cause the immune system to attack and damage the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism. Surgery and radiation therapy to the head, neck, or chest can also harm the thyroid gland and create complications. Additionally, medications, such as lithium, amiodarone, interferon alpha, and interleukin-2, can interfere with hormone production, causing hypothyroidism.
Congenital defects, such as underdeveloped or non-functioning thyroid glands, can create hypothyroidism. To adequately produce hormones, the thyroid gland needs sufficient amounts of iodine. A lack of iodine can affect metabolism and other essential functions. The pituitary gland produces thyroid-stimulating hormones, or TSH, which signals the production of hormones. If inadequate amounts of TSH exist, the thyroid gland may not function properly, resulting in hypothyroidism.
What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism?
There are various symptoms of Hypothyroidism. Common symptoms of the disorder include fatigue, weakness, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, dry skin and hair, brittle nails, and constipation. Other conditions experienced are depression, memory problems, muscle aches and cramps, decreased libido, and irregular menstrual cycles.
How is Hypothyroidism treated?
Thyroid hormone replacement therapy, or TRT, is commonly used to treat hypothyroidism. This treatment involves taking synthetic thyroid hormone medications like levothyroxine to produce normal hormone levels.
Regular monitoring of thyroid hormone levels is essential to ensure the dosage is appropriate and for any potential side effects or complications.
In addition to medication, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing stress, and avoiding certain medications or supplements that may interfere with thyroid hormone levels, can also help manage hypothyroidism.
How does Hypothyroidism affect brain wellness?
Thyroid hormones are crucial in brain development and performance, including cognitive function, mood regulation, and memory.
Hypothyroidism can lead to fatigue, depression, and difficulty concentrating, negatively impacting brain wellness. Additionally, hypothyroidism can decrease information processing speed, memory recall, and reaction times.
Hypothyroidism can also impact brain wellness in children and infants. Left untreated, it can lead to delayed mental development, poor school performance, and behavioral problems.
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
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