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Can thyroid disease affect a person's mood and Learning?
Yes, thyroid disease can affect a person's mood and Learning— primarily
causing either anxiety or depression. Generally, the more severe the thyroid
disease, the more severe the mood changes.
A person who has overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) may experience unusual
nervousness, restlessness, anxiety and irritability. On the opposite end of
the spectrum, a person who has underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) may
experience mild to severe fatigue and depression.
Still, it's unlikely that emotional symptoms such as anxiety or depression
would be the only evidence of thyroid disease. Thyroid disease is usually
associated with signs and symptoms such as weight gain or loss, sensitivity
to hot or cold, bowel movement changes and menstrual irregularities.
Appropriate treatment — such as medication to block the body's ability to
produce new thyroid hormone or replace missing thyroid hormone — usually
improves both emotional and physical symptoms caused by thyroid disease.
Skin symptoms can be linked to thyroid disease
Publish date: May 1, 2010
By: Ilya Petrou M.D.
Source: Dermatology Times
Camden, N.J. — Dermatologists know that skin symptoms can often be linked to
the pathologies of internal organs, and the cutaneous manifestations of
thyroid disease are no exception.
According to one expert, it is the task of the dermatologist to not only
recognize and treat the systemic and cutaneous symptoms of thyroid disease,
but also to keep an open mind in terms of the disease and syndrome
associations that thyroid disease may have and address these aspects, as
The incidence of thyroid disease in the United States has been estimated to
be 4.6 and 1.3 percent for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, respectively.
The cutaneous manifestations of thyroid disease can be seen as specific
lesions such as thyroglossal duct cysts and cutaneous metastases from
thyroid malignancies, they can present as non-specific signs secondary to
thyroid imbalances such as hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease) and
hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), or can appear in associated
dermatologic and systemic disorders such as in autoimmune diseases and more
rarely in other disorders such as Cowden disease, Carney complex and
“I believe that dermatologists need to be cognizant of the many ways that
the thyroid gland is associated with dermatologic disorders. It is of
paramount importance that they are aware of the different thyroid diseases
in order to better treat and manage their patients,” says Warren R. Heymann,
M.D., professor of medicine and pediatrics and head of the division of
dermatology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
Thyroglossal duct cysts (TDC) are the most common congenital cystic
abnormality of the neck, representing 70 percent of such lesions, and are
just one example of thyroid disease that can present with cutaneous
symptoms. Other thyroid disease pathologies include cutaneous metastases
from thyroid cancer.