Why Am I Always Mentally Foggy; It May Be Hypothyroidism
At one time or another, everyone has suffered from what they would describe as being “mentally foggy.” The following factors can bring with them a decreased sense of neurological function:
- Sleep deprivation
Let’s focus on the last item and find out more about how a mentally foggy outlook relates to hypothyroidism.
Critical Mood Deterioration
These three words are how medical experts and research analysts describe the mentally foggy state that many thyroid patients find themselves in. In fact, current studies indicate that an underactive thyroid can take a significant toll on your mental health.
There’s more to hypothyroidism than the physical symptoms we’ve all learned to watch for. The fact of the matter is that over time, a thyroid gland that produces less hormone than it should will affect your neurological function.
Why? Because the hormone deficiency slows everything down, including neurological functions.
This domino effect can leave you with a chemical imbalance that includes symptoms like:
- Inability to concentrate
- Detachment from personal relationships and activities
- Low self-esteem
- Inability to connect details
- Short-term memory problems
- Slowed mental reactions
As your undiagnosed symptoms worsen, your quality of life also decreases.
Living Life in a Brain Fog
Brain fog is the terminology endocrinologists and other specialists use to describe the mentally foggy state associated with hypothyroidism.
Unfortunately, the neurological symptoms that about 5% of all hypothyroidism patients suffer from are largely underestimated or outright ignored by a lot of practicing medical professionals.
This is not something that can simply be treated with complimentary drug therapy. It takes more than antidepressants to really understand and address this problem – it takes looking at thyroid function as a whole.
Patients often complain that even though they are in treatment for their thyroid condition, they don’t feel better physically or mentally.
Many doctors write this off as a casualty of the adjustment process, but if they look closer, and pay attention a little sooner, these mental changes could be an effective early warning sign of an underlying thyroid condition.
Thyroid conditions are notoriously difficult to diagnose in the early stages. The standard blood tests aren’t accurate and it’s easy to confuse the symptom presentation with other health problems. Search until you find a doctor that will listen.
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