A little bit of everything.

Hello dear friends, I haven’t posted in sooooo long, I know, I said I was finally back, but the truth is I wasn’t ready to be back, I was/am terrified and didn’t know how to approach it.

It all started in August when I was finally diagnosed with Non Diabetic Reactive Hypoglycemia , my world shaked, I was afraid to talk about my new condition since I wasn’t sure how I was gonna control it and between nutritionists appointments I got it under control, I started eating as a diabetic does, that worked well… But something happened in November.

My TSH went from 0 point-something to 10 point-something, I cannot even explain how terrified that made me feel, I was eating as healthier as ever, then how was that possible? I still don’t know, everything I thought I knew about hypothyroidism was suddenly shaken and I was left feeling hopeless and confused.
How was I supposed to talk to you about controlling Hashimoto’s when I don’t even know myself, however my doctor ordered to check my tsh levels again 6 weeks later, my TSH came 5 point-something which was my initial TSH when I was diagnosed a year and a half ago.

Needless to say I’ve gained weight, developed fatty liver, PCOS and got depressed, which I wasn’t ready to admit either, because I wasn’t ready to accept everything that was happening, neither was ready to talk about it.

I eventually was active on our instagram, got in touch with @believingessentials and got involved in a project that I am going to publish hopefully by the end of this week, it’s a project that aims to inspire all of us.

What happened shown me that Hashimoto’s evolves and is so different from person to person and that nothing we know is written in stone, following Izabella Wentz protocol I had found my root cause which was streptococcus, when my doctors targeted it my thyroid decreased its size because it was swollen, however the swelling came back in October and haven’t gone away, I am still trying to figure out what happened, if the strep is back, which I hope not because it was extremely difficult to eliminate it, lots of trials and errors with very strong antibiotics including penicillin among others and lots of “I NEEEEEED HELP” posts on hashimoto’s support groups.

Speaking of Izabella Wentz, I tried to commit to the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet, however I was advised by both my nutritionist and endocrinologist to give it up as it seems to mess up with my glucose issues. Have you followed Izabella’s Protocol? Have it worked for you? I have read countless successful stories, however I do find it too expensive and as a marketer makes me second guess it as most of her supplements are sold on her website and are reeeeeeeally expensive, at least for me. I do not intend to make you second guess it, I do follow Izabella’s mailing list and I follow a lot of advises by her, I just don’t think the AIP is for me.

Anywho, I don’t want to make this post longer than I intend it to be, thank you for taking the time to still read the blog despite me not posting in a looooooong time.

I will come back by the end of the week with the project I mentioned above.

Love for you all.


#LetsGetReal: How hypothyroidism broke my relationship

(with myself…)

You’ve probably heard on the effects hypothyroidism have on our mental health and how it can aggravate it. 

I’ve never been a size 0 neither have I ever aspired to, all I’ve ever wanted is to find a balance between my physics and my health. Being chubby is not a bad thing, I admire the confidence and sexiness curvy girls radiate on instagram, they all look so insanely beautiful, yet I can’t see myself as good as them.

The reason? I was bullied as a kid for being overweight, which I was (at the age of 13 my weight was already 150 pounds), girls in my school didn’t really like me because of that (And because I’m a little bit weird) but mostly because of I looked, so I grew up with the trauma of not being accepted and being rejected for how I looked like, even a close relative used to mock me because of my weight and would deliberately tell me “you are ugly, I’m embarrassed to be seen with you”, cruel thing to say to an 8-year-old girl.

After many months of changing my eating habits and working out at the gym (yes, I went to the gym at 10 years old) and dropped out when I reached the goal my doctor had set me, I went with cardio after that and maintained my weight for years, even lost a lot more weight when my dad passed away due to the grieving I was going through (at 15 years old)…

Needless to say I had a toxic relationship with myself for most of early life, but I finally found the balance at 15 years old, I was happy and content with myself, I was comfortable, people didn’t really seem to care anymore about my looks, they looked through me. Until I was diagnosed with a sort of autoimmune colitis, the weight started to fluctuate again, but I managed to deal with it… Little did I knew that was the beginning of my never-ending battle with hypothyroidism.

Looking back to those years, most of my problems were autoimmune, years later I started gaining so much weight despite the fact that I had a very healthy diet because of my colitis and used to regularly work out, the weight would not go away, my face started bloating and so did my body… THE TOXIC RELATIONSHIP WITH MYSELF was happening once again, was like getting back together with a narcissistic psychopath boyfriend.


[ESP] A veces debes tomar tiempo para ti mismo

….Y eso es lo que hice.

Me desaparecí del blog por más de un mes, justo después de hacer una publicación muy importante. Pero necesitaba tiempo, necesitaba aprender a aceptar que a veces está bien no estar bien.

Las enfermedades de la tiroides vienen con complicaciones y eso es lo que me sucedió, durante mi última cita mi Doctora estaba contenta con mis resultados, mis niveles de TSH estaban dentro del rango normal y eso fue realmente asombroso porque fue casi un año de llanto y dolores de cabeza pero finalmente pude manejar mi propia enfermedad con la ayuda de Dios, mi médico y mi familia. Inmediatamente después de la gran noticia de que mi hipotiroidismo estaba bajo control, publiqué sobre lo que funcionó para mí, lo que no les dije es que seguía subiendo de peso y sintiéndome realmente mal … ¿Cómo fue posible cuando mi tiroides aparentemente haciendo bien? había un problema subyacente que nunca mostró síntomas suficientes como para ser notado de inmediato y entonces descubrieron una complicación: HIPOGLUCEMIA REACTIVA NO DIABÉTICA.

No se deje engañar, la hipoglucemia y la hipoglucemia reactiva no son lo mismo, pero eso lo explicaré más adelante en otra publicación.

Durante mi ausencia me he centrado en mi bienestar, suena egoísta pero en realidad no lo es, porque si no sé cómo manejar mi propia enfermedad, entonces no podré ayudarte y tampoco darte consejos.

Han sido casi dos meses de cambios, casi dos meses desde que tuve que cortar drásticamente los azúcares añadidos, los refrescos, los postres, etc. Ha sido intenso, ha sido difícil pero ha sido gratificante porque mis síntomas comenzaron a disminuir en la primera semana de mis nuevos cambios en la dieta.

La hipoglucemia reactiva es común en pacientes con hipotiroidismo por lo que he podido investigar y estaba causando estragos en mi cuerpo, ni siquiera podía salir mucho por mi cuenta porque sentía que estaba a punto de desmayarme, pero como dije, explicaré más en otra publicación.

Solo quería darles una actualización rápida y mis más sinceras disculpas por haber estado ausente, he regresado y he vuelto para quedarme y continuar este viaje junto con usted.

Gracias por ser parte de la familia THYRED.


[ENG] Sometimes you have to take some time for yourself

And that’s what I did…

I went off the radar for longer than a month, right after a very important post. But I needed time, I needed to learn how to be okay with not being okay.

Thyroid diseases come with complications and that’s what happened to me, during my last appointment my doctor was happy about my results, my TSH levels were back within the normal range and that was seriously awesome because it was almost a year of crying and headaches but finally was able to manage my own disease with the help of God, my doctor and my family. Right after the great news about my hypothyroidism being under control, I posted about what worked for me, what I didn’t tell you is that I kept on gaining weight and feeling really bad… How was this possible when my thyroid was seemingly doing okay? there was an underlying issue that never showed enough symptoms as to be noticed right away and so they discovered a complication: NON-DIABETIC REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA.

Don’t be mislead, Hypoglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia are not the same thing, but i’ll explain further on this in another post.

During my absence I have focused on my well being, it sounds selfish but it’s actually not, because If I don’t know how to manage my own disease then I won’t be able to help you and give you tips also.

It’s been almost two months of changes, almost two months since I had to dramatically cut off added sugars, sodas, desserts, etc. It’s been intense, it’s been hard but it’s been rewarding because my symptoms started to decrease within the first week of my dietary changes.

Reactive hypoglycemia is common in hypothyroid patients for what i have been able to research and it was wreaking havoc on my body, I wasn’t even able to go out that much on my own because I felt as if I was about to faint, but like I said, I will explain further in a another post.

I just wanted to give you a quick update and my sincere apologies for having been absent, I’m back and I’m back to stay and continue this journey together with you.

Thank you for being part of the THYRED family.


How I lowered my TSH levels

Before we start, let’s define what TSH means:

“A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.”


And us (hypothyroid patients) with an underactive thyroid have elevated TSH levels, the normal ranges for these levels can vary depending on the age of the person.

For me, a twenty-four-year-old girl, my normal range should not be above 2, when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, my TSH levels were not very high but it was high enough to wreak havoc on me, my levels fluctuated for a year since I was diagnosed (I suspect I’ve had it since way long before) but they never went within the normal range, until a week ago that I had my regular follow up with my endocrinologist. I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock, a good kind of shock, sadly I was also diagnosed that day with reactive hypoglycemia but I will talk about that later.

Anywho, if you ask me how I did it and what can I advise you?, I’ll try to keep it short and precise:

  • Trust your doctor:

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This is crucial and for most of us, this is difficult because of the paranoia we often have about everything going bad in our lives as the result of depression and desperation.
I particularly don’t have that problem, I trust my doctors all the time and this is crucial because your doctor knows what he/she is doing. My endocrinologist is the kindest one you can ever meet, that makes it a lot easier, but even if yours is not very warm, try your hardest to trust him/she, it will make things easier for both of you.

  • Take your medication:

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I know it is REAAAAALLY frustrating, especially when you are on levothyroxine, having to wait 30 to 60 minutes to eat after taking your medication is very hard, but it is also crucial that you do it and on an empty stomach, that you’re giving time for it to digest.

  • Find your root cause:

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Most of the cases of hypothyroidism come from immune issues, Dr. Izabella Wentz on her “Hashimoto’s Protocol” book encourages you to find the root cause of your hypothyroidism. It can take time, thankfully for me, my endocrinologist suggested that my immune system was affecting my thyroid due to having a strong case of streptococcus, I am now free of the previously mentioned bacteria and my thyroid is doing a lot better. There could be more than just one root cause, in my case there are many key factors, I also was infected with Toxoplasma Gondi when I was very young but was never tested and diagnosed until last year (at the same time my TSH levels got tested for the first time) and then there’s also the fact that my dad possibly also had an autoimmune disorder, genetics can also be part of the cause.
So, with the help of your doctor and your mom, dad, sister, etc, you can go through your medical record and do some thinking as to when you did start noticing bad changes in your health, what diseases you have had, when you started showing strong hypothyroid symptoms, etc.

  • Avoid gluten:

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Last year, when I was diagnosed, the doctor I had back then, suggested that I should go gluten free, he wasn’t very clear as to why he suggested it, so I did my research and found out that autoimmune and thyroid diseases are likely to be triggered by gluten, to quote Dr. Hedberg:

Gluten can also be an irritant to Hashimoto’s disease by creating inflammation in the thyroid gland.  The process is known as “molecular mimicry” which basically means that your body’s immune system is attacking the gluten, infection or environmental toxin but also attacking it’s own tissue.

MD. Amy Myers:

1.Gluten causes leaky gut
2. Gluten causes inflammation
3.  Gluten looks like your own tissues

I’ll go further with the gluten sensitivity later in another post, but basically, if you are hypothyroid you are most likely to have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
I personally still struggle with it, a lot, It’s a never ending battle, but once you go gluten free, you have to be careful, because I suspect (not proven) going gluten free for weeks and then eating it for a week every day and then going gluten free again might have caused me reactive hypoglycemia, your body becomes more intolerant after you go gluten free. So, if you ever eat it again, you must do in moderation.

I personally feel a lot better when I’m off gluten, no more joint pain, less seborrheic dermatitis, less bloating, etc.

  • Educate yourself:

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This one is tricky because the internet is flooded with an overload of information, which most of it is not accurate, but there are many sites that can actually provide you with good information, youtube can also be very helpful.
For me, websites like hypothyroidmom, have been a great source of information, as well as Amy Myers MD, Izabella Went’s documentary The thyroid secret , subscribing Izabella Went’s mailing list and her book “Hashimoto’s protocol”.
Joining support groups for hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s patients.
But, always check this information with your doctor first.

  • Get physical:

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I know exercise is one of the hardest things to do when you are hypothyroid/Hashimoto’s, getting out of bed in the morning is a big accomplishment for us as we lack energy and are always tired (random fact: that’s what this blog’s name is thyred), but engaging in physical activity is veeeeery important, it boosts your metabolism and it keeps depression away. During some months I would work out every day, during some others, I would barely do it twice a week, but it’s important that you do.
I regularly practice yoga, dance or engage in pop-pilates, these are the ones I use and are completely free, also this is not an ad, it is truly what I do and works for me. If you don’t feel like any of the ones I mentioned, try walking for at least 15 minutes every day.

  • Stay motivated:

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It’s hard, really hard, I’m not even gonna argue about this one, having hypothyroidism and/or an autoimmune disease can make you feel completely hopeless and frustrated, but you gotta PUSH YOURSELF, take care of yourself, and find ways to stay motivated during dark times.

  • Find what feels good:

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Your body knows when something is alright and when something isn’t, learn to know your body, learn which foods can trigger irritation, for example.
If today your body feels like it can’t work out, then rest and continue the next day, never stop searching for what feels good and does well to you.


#LetsGetReal: No le temas a los antidepresivos (si te los receta tu doctor)

Nota de la editora: Yo no soy médico, soy sólo una paciente con hipotiroidismo/hashimotos.


El mundo ha progresado tanto de muchas maneras, sin embargo la salud mental sigue siendo un tabú para la mayoría de la gente.
Creo que es normal tener miedo de hablar sobre nuestras luchas mentales en nuestra sociedad hoy en día, especialmente si estamos rodeados de gente equivocada.

No es un secreto que las enfermedades de la tiroides y las condiciones inmunes pueden destruir nuestra salud mental, experimentamos tantos cambios hormonales y el estrés, que normalmente la mayoría de nosotros llega a deprimirse, especialmente cuando la fatiga es alta e incesante.

El año pasado, en julio, tuve salmonella y fiebre tifoidea, poco después también me diagnosticaron hipotiroidismo subclínico, toxoplasmosis y problemas hepáticos. Ni siquiera puedo explicar cuán grande fue el impacto para mi salud mental, entre los síntomas terribles: baja energía, aumento de peso, náusea constante, debilidad, pérdida de cabello, uñas quebradizas, etc. Siempre estaba llorando y paranoica, en algún momento comencé a alucinar, incluso fui a visitar a mi sacerdote local porque no entendía completamente lo que me sucedía.

Había oído hablar de antidepresivos, pero nunca los había tomado realmente a pesar de haber tenido episodios depresivos crónicos cuando tenía 12 años, algo de lo cual no estoy avergonzada, hablé con una amiga acerca de preguntarle a mi doctor acerca de los antidepresivos y ella habló conmigo acerca de cómo los antidepresivos no son una buena opción, cómo se puede llegar a ser dependiente de ellos, etc Tenía mucho miedo, pero yo no sólo estaba enferma mentalmente, yo también estaba físicamente enfermo y había intentado sin éxito muchas técnicas de relajación, pero ninguno funcionó.

Mi médico me recetó algo que me dijo que era para ayudarme a dormir y cuando tomé la primera fue como nada que haya antes experimentado, finalmente pude dormir pero yo tenía sueño todo el tiempo, así que busqué en Google el nombre de la medicina y resultó ser antidepresivos, lo cual es extraño que no había notado ya que no había llorado en un día y eso era progreso. Los tomé alrededor de 3 semanas y luego decidí intentar dejarlos e ir con yoga y ejercicio, era duro pero lo hice, desde entonces decidí tenerlo como una “píldora de emergencia” Solo, porque como mi amigo me dijo  PUEDE CAUSAR ADICCION, PARANOIA (la mia se fue me los llevé), PENSAMIENTOS SUICIDAS, ETC. Aunque no tuve efectos secundarios, usted si puede tenerlos.

Sé que la medicación no debe ser la primera opción, pero algunos casos lo ameritan, por lo que si su médico le prescribe antidepresivos; NO TENGAN MIEDO DE ELLOS PERO MANTENGASE ALERTA de todo lo que siente desde que comenzó a tomarlos, tenga un diario y escribe sus pensamientos allí y los lees al final de la semana, si nota cambios nocivos y drásticos en su comportamiento y Pensamientos, por favor informe a su médico porque sí, le estoy diciendo que no tenga miedo de ellos, pero también le estoy diciendo que tenga en cuenta que podría tener efectos secundarios.

Lo más importante, no tenga miedo de buscar ayuda, nosotros los pacientes de tiroides pasar por mucho y nuestra salud mental se ve afectada en gran medida por nuestro mal funcionamiento de la tiroides, encontrar un amigo leal con quien usted también puede hablar, alguien que te ama y puede entender tú.


#LetsGetReal: Don’t be afraid of antidepressants (if prescribed).

Editors note: I am not a doctor, I’m just a thyriod/hashimotos patient.


The world has progressed so much in so many ways, yet mental health is still a taboo for most people.
I think it’s only normal to be scared to talk about our mental struggles in our society nowadays, especially if we are surrounded by the wrong people.

It’s not a secret that thyroid diseases and immune conditions can wreck havoc on our mental health, we experience so many hormonal changes and stress, that normally most of us get eventually depressed, especially when the fatigue is high and incessant.

Last year in July I dealt salmonella and typhoid fever, shortly after I was also diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism, toxoplasmosis and liver issues. I cannot even explain how big the impact was for my mental health, between the awful symptoms: low energy, weight gain, constant nausea, weakness, hair loss, brittle nails, etc. I was always crying and paranoid, at some point I went completely nuts and starting hallucinating, I even saw my local priest because I didn’t fully comprehend what it was.

I had heard of antidepressants but never hadn’t really taken them despite having had chronic depressive episodes when I was 12 years old of which I’m not ashamed, I talked to a friend about asking my then doctor about it and she talked to me about how antidepressants are not a good option, how you can become dependant on them, etc. I was very scared, but I was not only mentally ill, I was also physically ill and I had unsuccessfully tried many relaxation techniques but none worked.

My doctor prescribed me something he said was to help me sleep and when I took the first one it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced, I was finally able to sleep but I was sleepy all the time, so I googled the name of the medication and it turned out to be antidepressants, which is odd I hadn’t noticed as I hadn’t cried in a day and that was progressive. I took them for about 3 weeks and then I decided to try to quit them and go with yoga and exercise, it was a long shot because it was hard but I made it, since then I decided to have it as an “emergency pill” only, because like my friend said IT CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, PARANOIA (mine went away went I took them), SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, ETC. While I had no side effects, you may.

I know medication shouldn’t be the first option, but some cases deserve it, so if your doctor prescribes you antidepressants; don’t be afraid of them BUT KEEP TRACK of everything you feel since you started taking them, have a journal and write down your thoughts there and read them by the end of the week, if you notice bad and drastic changes in your behavior and thoughts, please inform your doctor because yes, I am telling you to not be afraid of them, but I’m also telling you to be aware that it could have side effects.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to seek help, we thyroid patients go through a lot and our mental health is largely affected by our thyroid malfunction, find yourself a loyal friend whom you can also talk to, someone who loves you and can understand you.


The social butterfly /

Versión en Español, abajo.

Before I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, I was a social butterfly. So I’m going to talk about how Hypothyroidism and thyroid diseases can change your social life.

I’ve always been quite emotional, but I usually managed to control my emotions, I was able to go out and enjoy everything like nothing else in the world mattered. 

I suspect my disease was slowly evolving into what it is now (despite having my TSH under control, the symptoms are still there). I used to be a positive person, I loved to hang out with my friends, take walks with them, even going to parties, but mostly I enjoyed going out to eat with them. I had healthy habits at home, my mom have always been a clean cook, I worked out regularly and most of all, I HAD THE ENERGY.

Suddenly, I started going out less and less, my temper was out of control, I would get mad o cry over things that didn’t really matter, I would get upset and/or defensive while having discussions with my friends that we always had in a healthy way. I also was in a very unhealthy relationship that had me under a lot of stress most of the time, I was panicked all the time, he took advantage of that and would tell me “you wasn’t like this when I met you, you don’t go out because of me, I am too important for you”, but that DIDN’T MAKE SENSE to me, he was not the reason for which I didn’t wanted to go out, it was me, for some reason I didn’t have enough energy anymore, I had enough stress with him. Eventually the relationship ended and I don’t blame my hypothyroidism, he didn’t love me, but my disease did contributed to being “unloveable”.

So, when I was diagnosed last July, it all started to make sense, Hypothyroidism takes most of your energy because your thyroid gland is either over active or under active, your body is not getting its enough share of hormones and your brain starts to notice too, suddenly you start having strange mood swings and then depression hits you like a wet rock, people start calling you HYPOCONDRIAC and DRAMATIC, they tell you “you talk too much about that and it’s not even that much of a big deal”, suddenly you don’t have anyone to talk to because people who were close to you think you’re making it all up for attention, then the weight gain (in my case) comes and it’s what people notice first and they start giving you all sort of rude comments “WOW, GIRL, YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN THE PIZZA”, “ARE YOU PREGNANT?”, “YOU NEED TO EAT HEALTHY AND EXERCISE MORE, GO TO THE GYM, LIFT HEAVY WEIGHT”… And you’re already depressed enough, you start wondering ‘Why do I let these people affect me? Oh no, I won’t let them’, you start building yourself a wall to protect yourself from all the mean stuff people tell you and because you’re too sensitive, you could lash out in public… And slowly the social butterfly becomes the bitter one.

The fact that you can no longer eat whatever you want, contributes big time to not be a social butterfly anymore too, because in order to get better you have to quit gluten and mostly processed meats, and let’s be honest, restaurants very rarely would serve grass-feed hormone-free meats. In countries like mine, there are no vegan restaurants and neither restaurants have gluten free options.

I always tell people, PLEASE DON’T JUDGE US SO HARD, WE ALREADY JUDGE OURSELVES HARD ENOUGH. We are fighting a battle with our minds, our psychique, our immune system. 

  • It’s not that we want to be over emotional, it’s that we have a hormonal imbalance and we cannot have much control of it.
  • It’s not that we don’t want to go out, it’s that people will make all sort of mean comments about us and it will hurt us, besides we don’t have the energy meaning we get exhausted very quickly,
  • It’s not that we don’t exercise enough, It’s that our metabolism has slowed down a lot and we cannot lose weight despite our healthy attemps, too much excercise can also damage us.
  • It’s not that we are weak and clingy, it’s that we sometimes develop mental changes and depression is the most common, if we reach out to you, we trust you and you are important.

This is why by the beggining of May I posted about Borderline Personality Disorder, because somehow we can relate to them at some level, because us HYPOTHYROID PATIENTS also deal with mental health battles.


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Borderline Personality Disorder // Trastorno límite de personalidad


Hello everyone, time flies… It’s May already and May is BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER awareness month, so we are going to talk about it because us with hypothyroidism experience changes in our mental state, might not be BPD but we understand mental health is important. So, let’s begin with the follow question, What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.

Some people with BPD also have high rates of co-occurring mental disorders, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, along with substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thinking and behaviors, and suicide.

While mental health experts now generally agree that the label “borderline personality disorder” is very misleading, a more accurate term does not exist yet.

Source: NIMH

As you read above BPD is a serious mental disorder, unfortunately nowadays it is surrounded by the bad representation of the hollywood stigma, such as the character Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, in the movie her diagnosis is never mentioned but it’s well known she suffers from BPD, she’s refered as to “an impulsive angry wh*re” who slept with a bunch of people after her husband died and while some of the characteristics of BPD is impulsiveness and mood swings, not everyone engage in abuse substance or sex abuse, like any other disease, it depends on the personality of each individual, it’s like in the case of us hypothyroids, not all of us experience the same symptoms nor act the same way, same goes for Borderlines.


The hollywood stigma paints them as unloveable people who cannot love anyone, but that’s not the case, I personally have a few borderline friends and while they might test your patience at times, they are also great people with good hearts who wants to be loved. They fear abandonment like we all do, but they struggle to feel worthy of love as they don’t have a clear sense of who they are (most of them) so they push you away, this is also called “Splitting” as borderline, there is a very good book that sumarizes this “I hate you don’t leave me” by the authors Hal Straus and Jerold Jay Kreisman.  

Here’s a list of symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder as stated by NIHM:

People with BPD may experience extreme mood swings and can display uncertainty about who they are. As a result, their interests and values can change rapidly.

Other symptoms include

  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  • A pattern of intense and unstable relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, often swinging from extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation)
  • Distorted and unstable self-image or sense of self
  • Impulsive and often dangerous behaviors, such as spending sprees, unsafe sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, and binge eating
  • Recurring suicidal behaviors or threats or self-harming behavior, such as cutting
  • Intense and highly changeable moods, with each episode lasting from a few hours to a few days
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling anger
  • Having stress-related paranoid thoughts
  • Having severe dissociative symptoms, such as feeling cut off from oneself, observing oneself from outside the body, or losing touch with reality

Some of these signs and symptoms may be experienced by people with other mental health problems—and even by people without mental illness—and do not necessarily mean that they have BPD. It is important that a qualified and licensed mental health professional conduct a thorough assessment to determine whether or not a diagnosis of BPD or other mental disorder is warranted, and to help guide treatment options when appropriate.

So as you read above, these people already deal with a bunch of issues on their own, they’re constantly fighting a battle, just like we hypothyroid deal with a bunch of issues too. The next time you wanna refer to a borderline as “Crazy” “reckless” or any other bad term, REMEMBER THEY ARE PEOPLE, THEY HAVE EMOTIONS AND THEY’RE ARE SUPER SENSITIVE, so be careful with your words. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
And most important, NEVER DEFINE A PERSON BY THEIR STRUGGLES, because we are so much more than that.

If you have a friend, family member or a partner who is or might suffer from borderline personality disorder, please be kind and patient with their emotions, when you get to know them you realize how amazing they can be.

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Depresión / Depressión [Español/English]

English translation below.


Hoy  7 de abril, se celebra el Día Mundial de la Salud, para conmemorar el aniversario de la fundación de la Organización Mundial de la Salud y nos ofrece una oportunidad única para movilizar la acción en torno a un tema de salud específico que preocupe a las personas de todo el mundo.

El tema de este año, es uno rodeado de muchos tabúes, con los cuales se busca romper, ya que la depresión no es una debilidad, discapacidad, ni algo de lo cual burlarnos. Los pacientes hipotiroideos muchas veces nos encontramos con esta en forma moderada durante nuestras primeras etapas subclínicas e incluso nuestra condición podría pasar desapercibida al confundirse meramente con depresión y aunque son dos cosas distintas, nuestros síntomas están causada por el desbalance de nuestras hormonas tiroideas, pero existen muchas otras causas por las que se desarrolla la depresión.

Ahora bien, ¿Qué es la depresión?.

La depresión es una enfermedad que se caracteriza por una tristeza persistente y por la pérdida de interés en las actividades con las que normalmente se disfruta, así como por la incapacidad para llevar a cabo las actividades cotidianas, durante al menos dos semanas. Además, las personas con depresión suelen presentar varios de los siguientes síntomas: pérdida de energía; cambios en el apetito; necesidad de dormir más o menos de lo normal; ansiedad; disminución de la concentración; indecisión; inquietud; sentimiento de inutilidad, culpabilidad o desesperanza; y pensamientos de autolesión o suicidio. ~Organización mundial de la salud

Debemos comprender que la depresión puede afectar a cualquier persona, sin importar color, estatura, sexo, país o estatus social. Y en determinados casos al no ser tratada, puede llevar al suicidio, el cuál representa un gran porcentaje en la tasa de muertes anuales.

Generalmente una persona con depresión experimenta una baja de ánimo muy notable, sensación de vacío interior, estados de ansiedad, miedo, desasosiego interno, problemas para razonar y para dormir. 

La depresión afecta a todo el cuerpo.

Es un factor de riesgo en la aparición de afecciones vasculares, como por
ejemplo las enfermedades coronarias y apoplejías. Posiblemente por ello
tenga la misma importancia que otros factores de riesgo clásicos, como es
el tabaco, el sobrepeso o la falta de ejercicio físico, a los que actualmente
se les concede una relevancia mucho mayor, tanto en la conciencia pública
como en el marco de las políticas sanitarias de estrategias preventivas.
Al mismo tiempo, hay que decir que una enfermedad depresiva favorece la
aparición de la osteoporosis y la diabetes. Por lo tanto,actualmente se habla
de la depresión como una enfermedad «sistémica», ya que afecta no sólo
al cerebro sino a otros muchos órganos del cuerpo. Todo esto subraya la
enorme importancia que tiene una terapia temprana, exacta y duradera. ~http://www.depression.ch 

Recuerda que si sospechas que sufres de depresión, hablar con una persona de confianza puede ser un primer paso para curarse. Si sufres de otras enfermedades crónicas, consulta a tu médico de cabecera para que pueda evaluarte y de ser necesario, referirte con un especialista.

Compartamos este mensaje y borremos los mitos de la depresión, una persona depresiva no está loca. Una persona depresiva necesita de tratamiento, pero sobre todo de mucho amor y apoyo de sus seres queridos.

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