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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 well.

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 McCune-Albright syndrome.

“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, Camden, N.J.


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.

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