I’ve been dealing with some depression issues for about 12 years. Been working closely with a great therapist for 2 years. We’ve hit a point where therapy is doing all it can. But I’m still having a LOT of motivation and exhaustion issues. She will refer me to a psychiatrist for antidepressants but mentioned that they will want me to get my thyroid checked first since apparently depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.
This was news. My own research uncovered several other symptoms that all started 12 years ago and have been getting progressively worse: weight gain (used to be underweight with an awful diet and no exercise, now I’m at the top end of average with a great diet and a lot of exercise), dry skin, brittle nails, sensitivity to cold, low body temperature, heavy and irregular periods (now with spotting in between), week long PMS when I used to have none, trouble concentrating and remembering things, depression, fatigue...
Appointment is booked with a new to me primary care physician in 2 weeks. Doctor knowledge trumps dr google and strangers on a forum BUT some doctors are great listeners and some not so much. I don’t know this one at all and have no idea how this appointment will go. I know there are some experienced malfunctioning thyroid people on here and am just trying to gather what info I can so IF I need to advocate for myself I have some kind of idea what to advocate for. Full panel over TSH only yes? Numbers in the optimal range rather than just normal? What’s a reliable source on those numbers/what should they be?
Not going to lie, hypothyroidism seems a lot more straightforward to treat than depression and would explain a lot. Fingers are crossed that’s what it really is.