Diseases and Conditions

Signs You May Have Hyperthyroidism


Hyperthyroidism is also known as an overactive thyroid. The thyroid glands of individuals with this condition overproduce two primary hormones called tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The role of these hormones is to manage the amount of energy that the body’s cells expend. Therefore, when there is an overproduction of either or both hormone the result s hyperthyroidism. Although there are multiple different reasons for hyperthyroidism, the most common is a health condition known as Grave’s disease. It is also connected to different health conditions such as Hashimoto’s disease and Crohn’s disease.

Mood Swings

A change in hormone levels can cause an unsettling change in both mood and behaviour. For instance, an individual with abnormal thyroid levels can experience nervousness, bouts of hyperactivity, irritability, and even panic attacks. Therefore, if you happen to experience any of the above it is recommended that you speak to your doctor. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are a variety of different health conditions and medications (including those meant to help with mood changes) that can lead to the aforementioned symptoms. For instance, certain steroids can cause a person to experience anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Don’t fear, if you happen to learn that you have a hyperthyroid after consulting your doctor there are different treatment possibilities such as diet changes, exercises, and medications.

Continue reading to learn about the most common indicators of an overactive thyroid.