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.