Hyperthyroid Anxiety

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Hyperthyroidism is the medical term used to describe the signs and symptoms related with an over production of the thyroid hormone. In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid behaves in a hyperactive manner and proceeds to pump more than the necessary amount of hormones, which will of course, be carried through the patient's entire body. It causes a wide range of symptoms although oftentimes patients are bothered by several predominant feelings.




Symptoms may include anxiety, insomnia, irritability, weight changes and/or fatigue. Also patients may complain of rapid heart rate, palpitations intolerance to heat and frequent bowel movements. Thinning hairline and changes in the appearance of the eye may also occur. Many of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are hardly noticeable in their onset and often the symptoms aren't noticed until they become very apparent. In older patients, all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent. In some cases the patient may simply become irritable or depressed.


Many of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are found in an anxiety disorder and hyperthyroidism and anxiety are often confused. Furthermore, if a hyperthyroid patient should developed a fear of some of these symptoms, such as, rapid heart beat and palpitations, a true, full-fledged anxiety order could develop as well.


Graves disease


Graves disease is a condition resulting from a problem in the body's immune system. This condition is more frequent in women than in men. It occurs when the thyroid overproduces its secretions and the resulting effects can cause a myriad of symptoms to the sufferer of the disease.


Graves disease is associated with hyperthyroidism and vice versa. The sickness of graves disease may begin at any age but those between the ages of 20 and 40 are more likely to be diagnosed with it. In addition, swollen patches of thick skin on the lower legs characterize a common skin problem associated with Graves' disease.




Medical treatment of hyperthyroidism is most often effective. Your doctor's choice of treatment will be influenced by your age; the type of hyperthyroidism that you have, and other medical conditions that may be affecting your condition. Effective treatments for one medical ailment can, unfortunately, increase an individual's risk for another medical condition.


In any event, the treatment's success lies in proper diagnoses, which with hyperthyroidism, can be a tricky piece of business due to the fact that its symptoms mock those of anxiety and the potential of Graves disease can be a complicating factor.