This info is from Harvard Health Publication. The article is entitled "When depression starts in the neck".
"Distinguishing depression from hypothyroidism:
Reduced sexual desire
More typical of depression:
Restlessness and inability to sit still
Feelings of worthlessness
Thoughts of death or suicide
Planning or attempting suicide
More likely hypothyroidism:
Feeling chilled or overly sensitive to cold temperatures
Muscle cramps or stiffness
Dry skin and hair
Slowed heart rate"
It's kind of impossible to differentiate. Once you know that you are hypo, I would assume the depression is thyroid related until thyroid hormones were optimized. It's such a common symptom of hypo. If it doesn't go away, you can look elsewhere later.
I'm sure there also is a psychological element to it. We're human...our minds prey on us.
If your doctor has your labs in hand and knows you are hypo, is there any way you could call him tomorrow and ask him for a low dose script to help you get through?
thanks goolara. stuff to think about.
problem is I don't want to get treatment from my PCP as she is too traditional (TSH lover etc), and the Dr. I chose from Mary Shomon website can only see me on the 26th. She will start me on Synthroid, (she stated that's what she'll do "if TSH comes abnormal again" this week). And I don't think it's a good idea as all indicate my issue must be FT3 (I'll know better when I get results this week).
probably not a good idea to start on Synthroid before I see Dr. #2, right?
just read Bruce thread on "waves of feeling bad", so discouraging... seems even after treatment people don't feel great =(
From your prior posts, you sound frustrated about the current course of treatment facing you. I'm wondering if part of you feeling more depressed and tired is because of your discouragement or lack of direction in treatment right now? Just an idea- moods can be tricky to pinpoint to a single cause. I have definitely felt depressed because of my thyroid treatment.
Good point Rach, haven't thought about it. While it's great to find out the reason I might have been so fatigued, it's overwhelming to realize that it might take a long time to get the right treatment, dose, etc. Plus I want to start treatment but have my hands tied waiting for an appointment for almost a month =( but there's nothing I can do about it.
Also, broke up with the guy I'm dating yesterday but not sure if it's my wish or something hypo crazyness related. Somehow I don't trust my feelings anymore!
I guess I just wanted to understand if there's a difference of thyroid-fatigue and depression-fatigue, or if feels exactly the same?