Hypothyroidism Can Cause Anxiety, Panic Attacks And Other Mental Issues


Mar 18, 2013
USA / Europe
One of the few studies that is at least attempting to frame mental health issues in terms of endocrinology. More specifically, the study below demonstrated that people with Hashimoto disease have drastically increased rates of anxiety, panic attacks and risks for other mental health disorders. More importantly, treatment with an NSAID (ibuprofen) and thyroxine (T4) for just 14 days resolved both the "autoimmune" thyroiditis (as Hashimoto's is also known) and the mental health issues of those patients. IMO, using aspirin instead of ibuprofen would have been much more beneficial given aspirin's other effects such as reductions in estrogen and serotonin signalling, both of which are involved in mental health disorders. In addition, ALL of the drugs in the NSAID category, with the notable exception of aspirin, have a known side effects of raising the risk of cardiac arrest and heart attacks. Another peculiar and handicapping aspect of the study is that it only measured TSH, and T4/T3 and despite the "slightly" elevated TSH the study concluded that thyroid function was "normal" in those patients. It is a widely acknowledged fact that most patients with Hashimoto's are hypothyroid, so the study would have been a lot more useful if it had done the correct measures and had concluded that hypothyroidism is a cause of all those mental health issues. Oh well, I guess we can't have everything good happen in just one study. The good news is that the authors of that study seem to be aware of the deep connection between endocrinology and mental health and plan on doing a follow up study where they will be measuring adrenal and gonadal function. If the results come back as I expect - elevated adrenal and suppressed gonadal function - the dream of Broda Barnes may very well come true. Namely, banish the fake "science" of psychiatry from the field of medicine and replace it with endocrine physiology, where mental health issues are seen as specific symptoms of an endocrine disturbance, and the latter itself is seen as a symptom of energetic disturbance driven by external factors such as stress, toxins, poor diet, etc.

People with thyroid problems at greater risk of anxiety, says study

"...The study showed that thyroid inflammation should be investigated as an underlying factor in psychiatric disorders such as anxiety. Current examinations for anxiety disorders usually focus on the dysfunction of the nervous system and do not take into account the role of the endocrine system. The results were presented at the European Society of Endocrinology's e-ECE 2020 Conference which is being held from September 5 to 9. "These findings indicate that the endocrine system may play an important role in anxiety. Doctors should also consider the thyroid gland and the rest of the endocrine system as well as the nervous system when examining patients with anxiety," said Juliya Onofriichuk from Kyiv City Clinical hospital in Ukraine. The thyroid gland produces hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) that are essential for regulating heart, muscle and digestive function, brain development and bone maintenance. Autoimmune inflammation in the thyroid occurs when our bodies wrongly produce antibodies that attack the gland and cause damage.

"...Onofriichuk investigated thyroid function in 29 men (average age 33.9) and 27 women (average age 31.7) with diagnosed anxiety who were experiencing panic attacks. Ultrasounds of their thyroid glands assessed thyroid function and levels of thyroid hormones were measured. The patients with anxiety showed signs of inflammation of their thyroid glands but their function was not affected with thyroid hormone levels all within the normal range, although slightly elevated. They also tested positive for antibodies directed against the thyroid. Treatment for 14 days with ibuprofen and thyroxine reduced thyroid inflammation, normalised thyroid hormone levels and reduced their anxiety scores, said the study. Onofriichuk now plans to conduct further research that examines the levels of thyroid, sex and adrenal hormones -- cortisol, progesterone, prolactin, oestrogen and testosterone -- in patients with dysfunctional thyroid glands and anxiety disorders."

Mr Joe

Apr 27, 2019
Means that T4 is convert to T3 thanks to Ibuprofen in this study ? T4 not converting to rT3 ?
Would T3 + Aspirine do the trick also or T4 is necessary ?


Jul 13, 2017
Sun Coast, USA
Thyroid hormones in excess can also cause anxiety and panic
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Hans Hypo-intellectism: is hypothyroidism the cause? Articles & Scientific Studies 26
L Why Does Eating Too Much Liver Cause Hypothyroidism? Organ Meat 8
S Light And Hypothyroidism – Cure Or Cause? (That Depends) Red Light, Infrared, LLLT 8
haidut Sibo (hypothyroidism) May Be A Major Cause Of Stunting In Children Scientific Studies 0
haidut Fluoride In Tap Water Is One Likely Cause Of Hypothyroidism Scientific Studies 62
A Yet another "Is it hypothyroidism?" thread Metabolism 3
Hirri Test results; hypothyroidism? Thyroid and Hormones 8
Mauritio GABA decreases flouride inuced hypothyroidism; more effective than thyroid hormone Thyroid and Hormones 24
Hirri Is it hypothyroidism? Thyroid and Hormones 18
R Do I have hypothyroidism? Thyroid and Hormones 28
F can you develop Hashimoto/or other autoimmune from having secondary hypothyroidism? Ask For Help or Advice 0
A Hypothyroidism Is Naturally Induced Chemo Therapy. Every Metabolic Stressor Is A Carcinogenic Miscellaneous Health Discussions 23
Galia Hypothyroidism Only By Blood Test Thyroid and Hormones 0
Amber Connection Between Liver Dysfunction & Hypothyroidism Thyroid and Hormones 41
C Kenneth Blanchard On Optimal Hypothyroidism Treatment Thyroid and Hormones 80
haidut Levothyroxine (T4) Monotherapy Often Ineffective For Hypothyroidism Scientific Studies 1
haidut Long Work Hours Linked To Hypothyroidism Scientific Studies 0
Galia Secondary Hypothyroidism Or Something Else ? Metabolism 0
I Do I Have Hypothyroidism? Thyroid and Hormones 1
M Taopatch For Hypothyroidism? Ask For Help or Advice 0
V Hypothyroidism With Normal Values? Metabolism 28
T Is It Possible To Heal Hypothyroidism Without Medicine? Thyroid and Hormones 35
haidut Lowering DHT Synthesis Causes Severe Hypothyroidism, Despite Higher T Levels Scientific Studies 21
S 1008 Test; 33.4 Free Test -- TRT, Hypoxia, Hypothyroidism & DHEA Blood Work, Labs 6
N Hypothyroidism, Adrenaline. I Really NEED HELP :( Ask For Help or Advice 38
B 30 Day Coconut Water Fast To Detox And Help Ulcers, Leaky Gut, Hypothyroidism,liver/kidney Function? Ask For Help or Advice 13
M Hypothyroidism In Relation To Digestion Digestion 19
G Red Light Or LLLT For Hypothyroidism Ask For Help or Advice 1
Vinny "Hypothyroidism Prevents The Liver From Attaching Glucuronic Acid To Estrogen, Ask For Help or Advice 16
DaveFoster T3 Dose For Hypothyroidism Matches Dr. Peat's Recommendations Scientific Studies 9
K My Oral Temperature At Doctor Was 97.4, Is That Hypothyroidism? Ask For Help or Advice 32
N Cant Relax With Hypothyroidism Ask For Help or Advice 13
G Anemia And Hypothyroidism Blood Work, Labs 1
Arrade Arrade's Journey To Fixing HypoThyroidism Thyroid and Hormones 27
raysputin Post Surgical Hypothyroidism Ask For Help or Advice 1
B Desperate In Need Of Help, Hypothyroidism, What To Do? Blood Work, Labs 34
S Light Treatment Of Hypothyroidism - Is It Possible With LEDs? Red Light, Infrared, LLLT 0
S Pulsed Light Treatment Of Hypothyroidism – Part I Red Light, Infrared, LLLT 0
S Laser Treatment Of Hypothyroidism – Part II Red Light, Infrared, LLLT 2
G Myopia And Hypothyroidism Articles & Scientific Studies 0
goodandevil Hypothyroidism Survey Polls 4
Let Go Incidence Of Hypothyroidism In Meniere’s Disease Thyroid and Hormones 0
E Hypothyroidism - Red Light Man Device Red Light, Infrared, LLLT 14
nikolabeacon Hyper/Hypothyroidism And Taste Miscellaneous Health Discussions 4
Xisca Throat Pain In Hypothyroidism? Thyroid and Hormones 14
Drareg Neonatal Hypothyroidism Due To Mothers VEGAN Diet Scientific Studies 60
S Hypothyroidism And Red Light Therapy Thyroid and Hormones 3
L A Simple Introduction To Hypothyroidism Thyroid and Hormones 10
Maric86 Does Hypothyroidism Make You Short? This Study Says So Scientific Studies 7
ecstatichamster What Are Signs Of High TSH (not Hypothyroidism) Thyroid and Hormones 0

Similar threads