Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Thyroid Disorders | thyroid | depression | sleep | deprivation | insomnia

Can Hypothyroid Cause Depression?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 10:26 AM

Question: Can a hypothyroid condition cause depression or similar symptoms? How about insomnia or unusual sleep patterns?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
In a word: Yes. Hypothyoidism can cause depression, as well as insomnia and serious changes in sleep patterns.
This is why most doctors evaluate all patients with mood disorders or sleep disturbances for thyroid conditions.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you would be wise to consult your doctor for an assessment.

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