You may experience depression when the levels of your thyroid hormones are low. This is because your body’s natural functions slow down and lag. Low thyroid function is diagnosed with a physical exam, a comprehensive blood test panel, BBT monitoring, and thyroflex nerve conduction velocity testing. Dr. Hugh Melnick always considers the role an underactive thyroid may play when his fertility patients are experiencing depression.
Hypothyroidism & Depression
Depression and hypothyroidism have several common symptoms.
- Inability to concentrate
- Weight gain
- Depressed mood
- Reduced desire
- Reduced satisfaction
Depression is diagnosed based on the patient’s report of symptoms and her medical history. If you’ve never experienced depression before, your symptoms may be related to an underactive thyroid.
Let Dr. Melnick know as much information about your symptoms as you can.
- When you first noticed the symptom
- How its affected your daily life
- Any other mental health conditions you are experiencing
- Any information about a history of mental illness in your family
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications you take, including supplements and herbs
Profound sadness that lasts more than two weeks, and adversely affects your ability to function, is a sign of depression.
More common symptoms of depression.
- Deep feelings of sadness
- Dark moods
- Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
- Appetite changes
- Sleep changes
- Lack of energy
- Inability to concentrate
- Difficulty getting through your normal activities
- Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Withdrawing from friends
- Preoccupation with death or thoughts of self-harm
Depression affects everyone differently. You might only have some of these symptoms. You may also have other symptoms that aren’t listed here. When the symptoms of depression impact your day-to-day life – you need to see a doctor.
Depression Relief Tools
Depression can make it difficult for you to get pregnant. Your thyroid works in tandem with the adrenal glands. Depression – alone – doesn’t cause hypothyroidism, but it can make the condition worse. Prolonged depression can slow your body’s metabolism. Similar to the way weight gain is linked to depression.
Making some simple changes to your daily lifestyle can help to reduce your depression level and improve your thyroid health.
- Good Nutrition
- Vitamin Supplementation – talk to your doctor
- Quality Sleep
Hypothyroidism Treatment Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC – has decades of research and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism in conjunction with infertility. Read the Doctor’s contribution to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology about subclinical hypothyroidism and its effect on a woman’s fertility.
Your initial consultation with the Doctor can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hugh Melnick at Advanced Fertility Services by calling 212.369.8700 – or – post your comments and questions below.