Hypothyroidism may be a root cause of your bipolar disorder. Hypothyroidism has been studied as a possible contributing factor to someone developing bipolar disorder. And also as a treatment modality.
How Can Hypothyroidism Cause Bipolar Disorder?
If you do have an issue with your thyroid health, it may have been what triggered your bipolar illness state.
When did you become ill? How did your particular, unique onset come into being? How were you diagnosed? What are your primary complaints? Depression, hypomania, anxiety… all of the above?Treating a Thyroid Condition Could Put Your Bipolar Disorder Into Remission. Click To Tweet
The thyroid condition affected your system and you suffered exteme mood issues. That’s what bipolar disorder is – a mood disorder. And even for Bipolar 1 Disorder – classic Manic Depression with manic episodes – no one knows what causes it.
“Thyroid disorders also are associated with alterations in mood. Patients with hypothyroidism may present with depressive symptoms while patients with hyperthyroidism may present with symptoms consistent with mania.”
“Therefore, thyroid function should be evaluated before a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder is made.”
Once someone gets a ‘bipolar disorder diagnosis’ the focus of treatment is medications. Then whatever physical issues they have get ignored. They become convinced they have a ‘Chemical Imbalance’ they were born with that caused their illness.
That’d be fine and dandy if it were true. But it is not.
Related post: What is the Chemical Imbalance Theory?
The below is quoted from the same Medscape article listed above:
“In a study of twins, autoimmune thyroiditis was related to bipolar disorder and the genetic tendency to develop bipolar disorder.”
“The authors suggest that autoimmune thyroiditis, using the marker of thyroperoxidase antibodies, is a possible endophenotype for bipolar disorder.”
You may have a genetic susceptability, but the how, why and what exactly is it is unknown.
Subclinical Hypothyroidism Linked to Bipolar Disorder
Subclinical hypothyroidism has also been studied in bipolar disoder. That is what I have, some form of mild hypothyroidism (blood levels low normal range) that affects my body is severe ways, causing symptoms of Manic Depression.
“Accumulating evidence suggests that hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis dysfunction is relevant to the pathophysiology and clinical course of bipolar affective disorder. Hypothyroidism, either overt or more commonly subclinical, appears to the commonest abnormality found in bipolar disorder.”
“The prevalence of thyroid dysfunction is also likely to be greater among patients with rapid cycling and other refractory forms of the disorder.”
When treated with thyroid hormone medication, I stabilized. Far from perfect, but 26 years off of psychiatric medication and no hospitalizations.
That’s not a bad treatment outcome. It is actually pretty desirable for any Bipolar 1 Disorder patient.
If a psychiatrist was getting those types of results, he or she would be immortalized.
Will Treating Hypothyroidism Cure Bipolar Disorder?
No, there is no cure for any mood disorder – only available treatments and self-help remedies.
But mood disorders can be effectively treated (i.e. put into remission) and the sufferer able to live a normal life.
And if you can identify an underlying medical cause of what is causing your bipolar disorder (or other issue such as anxiety or severe depression) mood states, you can then get successfully treated and get into remission.
Wouldn’t that be awesome?
There is no medical test for bipolar disorder. They use a (very unreliable) questionnaire and your medical-familial history to diagnose.
Related post: Testing for Bipolar Disorder – What Your Doctor May Not Know.
But there are medical tests for many other things; blood sugar, candida (leaky gut syndrome), vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalances (such as thyroid), biomarkers for inflammation, etc.
And there is no ‘identifiable chemical imbalance’ that psychotropic medications treat. They are a bandaid, a short-term crisis solution to stabilize someone severely ill. Long term they are disabling and worsen a person’s condition.
We want you to be well. Not sicker.
Bipolar Disorder and Hypothyroidism Are Not the Same Thing. You Could Have Both.
Some – like myself – may be able to get help for an undiagnosed thyroid or other condition and become well. To heal. And to not have to take medications. But the bipolar doesn’t disappear. It’s a lifelong condition. You just want to get the darn thing put into remission and not bugging you anymore.
Tell your BP cells in your body this: “Enough already bipolar, we are moving on now. Be good, and stay out of trouble. I will too.”
And say it like you mean it!
Fight for Better Understanding of Root Causes of Bipolar Disorder Onset
That’s the goal in all of this. For future generations to be helped. For when someone has a first episode of mania they can be successfully treated. Treated for their underlying medical issues.
Not drugged for life with brain disabling medications that treat nothing, simply suppress symptoms.
Don’t wait for science or traditional, Big Pharma-led psychiatry to help you. Seek out information and qualified health practitioners to work with at resolving your health issues.
Practitioners such as those listed here: Holistic Psychiatrists in the U.S.
Don’t You Wish You Had Better Options to Treat Bipolar Disorder?
If you are a sufferer like myself (whether bipolar or primarily suffer from chronic depression) – don’t you wish you could be well? That you did not have to take the never-ending stream of medications that often simply create more distressing symptoms.
Wouldn’t you like to not take (or pay for) any psychotropic medication? Wouldn’t you want your daughter, son, grandchild, niece, friend, lover, husband to live a full, productive life? A healthy life even if they happen to have a genetic vulnerability to developing a mood disorder.
For them to be given information on things that may have caused their illness (poor diet, lack of a sleep routine, medical issues that need to be addressed) and then be able to work on healing those issues – that’s what we all want, yes?
Many Potential Causes of Your Mood Swings
Hypothyroidism is just one example of how to medically treat your bipolar illness – it is worth thinking about. Find proper medical care, get tested and research online – there’s a ton of information available.
And a ton of inspiring personal stories of folks who found ways to heal. Who are not being drugged to death and led down the path to inducing seizures in your brain with ECT.
Not many find that a desirable outcome of treatment for a mood disorder. I sure don’t.
And I’m not alone in this struggle or way of thinking. I’m simply one of hundreds of thousands of people who ended psychiatric care and found ways to be well.
You can too.
Related post: If I Can Get Off Of Psych Meds Anyone Can.
And if my Manic Depression – that has been in remission for more than 26 years – ever sneaks back in my life or inadvertently gets triggered (i.e. a manic episode or suicidal depresion) I would have no qualms about receiving psychiatric care.
Psychiatrists aren’t the enemy – the illness is. And the lack of effective available treatments.
Tell your story below – I’d love to hear it.