Hypothyroidism May Be a Root Cause of Your Bipolar Disorder


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.

Your Thyroid Gland is Just One Part of the Endocrine System. Others are: Hypothalamus, Parathyroids, Adrenals, Pineal Body, Ovaries and Testes.
Your Thyroid Gland is Just One Part of the Endocrine System. Others are: Hypothalamus, Parathyroids, Adrenals, Pineal Body, Ovaries and Testes.

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.”

Source: How is Thyroid Hormone Associated With Bipolar Disorder?

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.”

Source: Thyroid Functions and Bipolar Affective 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!

Related post: Natural Thyroid Hormone Supplements Might Help Your Bipolar Disorder.

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.

Cheers, Molly



  1. Heidi said:

    Make sure yo get the full thyroid test from a company that provides it, not the limited test ordered by a medical practitioner.! Lab corps is one that performs the full panel with or without insurance….My daughters’s chiro./nutritionist is able to provide the test for $90.00.

    November 15, 2018
    • Heidi said:

      Even her psychiatrist gave in and required her to have the test. That was after quite a few years of treatment! He will now get the correct results!

      November 15, 2018
      • Molly said:

        “He will now get the correct results” ?? You mean the psychiatrist? If he has been telling you she has a ‘chemical imbalance’ and writing prescription after prescription (if she was diabetic only one would be needed – insulin) making her sicker… you should find a new physician immediately.

        There is simply no reason to be subjected to that abuse, and it is medical abuse – there is no (not one) study showing any chemical imbalance. Not one. Find a new doctor, please.

        Lying is not an acceptable form of medical care, disabling the victim not acceptable either. There are simply too many options available to her for care.

        Here is a list of holistic psychiatrists, but she may not need one, what about a holistic endrocrinologist who understands the complexities of thyroid issues? Just a thought – or a functional medical doctor to help her search for causes of ill health?


        Just trying to be helpful, and prevent her from being subjected to very damaging treatments (psychotropic medications) that she does not need and will make her worse.

        November 15, 2018
    • Molly said:

      Yes, very important, and so glad you are working towards healing, rather than subjecting her to a lifetime of sickness with meds that she does not need, other than temporary help for a severe crisis.

      As she heals, those severe states (if she is actually Manic Depressive, symptoms of BP-1) will lessen and become a thing of the past.

      Many these days end up getting ECT, the meds disable the body-brain, then psychiatrists have no other tricks up their sleeve. Just so sad. If they had pursued the type of healing you are, and that I was fortunate to be given, underlying issues would be dealt with and a much better life lived.

      I hope you find the information in this website helpful, all is supported by research and facts. Best, Molly

      November 15, 2018
  2. Shawna said:

    This is what I don’t get my older sisters thyroid is worse than mine and has failed and she wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder but I was my thyroid hasn’t failed but hers is way worse than mine. I’m not sure if it’s the doctors or what. She lived in Tennessee and I live in South Carolina.

    March 8, 2018
    • Molly said:

      Hi Shawna 🙂

      The point in the article is not that everyone who has thyroid illness or difficulty controlling a thyroid condition will end up with a bipolar disorder diagnosis… it is just that there can be a connection between the two.

      And – most importantly – for anyone who has been diagnosed with BP-2 or other ‘bipolar spectrum’ label that they may have an undiagnosed thyroid condition that is a primary cause of their symptoms.

      Does that make sense? It is a very complex topic – thyroid illness itself can be very difficult to treat. But getting a bipolar label, toxic psychotropic medications to suppress symptoms is not going to lead to wellness.

      It will make you sicker. That was what I was trying to explain – to just give anyone who is interested or seeking ways to heal more options to think about.

      Bipolar disorder is a label. Manic Depression (BP-1) is a label too. But the reality is most who get labeled ‘bipolar’ (post 1994 and creation of the phony bipolar spectrum) are not Manic Depressive.

      BP-2 diagnosis is most often given after severe depression and then treatment with psych meds that make someone worse. In that scenario, I want the person to be empowered to seek out other forms of care (such as thyroid testing, thinking of other potential causes) rather than become a victim of traditional psychiatry and doctors who just want to write prescriptions.

      March 8, 2018
  3. Maha said:

    My age is 35+ & I’ve been suffering from hypothyroidism for more than 10 years. One of my colleagues who is a doctor diagnosed bipolar disorder years ago which I didn’t take seriously then. But now I feel that she was right. I’ve been suffering from frequent depression episodes which stay for longer periods like weeks. Any big or small thing or change triggers it and it stays for weeks hindering my performance, mood and affecting my family. I take thyroxine 100 but usually I forget. My memory has declined sharply, with fatigue low immunity and stamina. I’m suffering from high sex drive with fluctuating moods. I think that my condition gets worse when I am nowhere in trying times.

    January 18, 2018
    • Molly said:

      Hi Maha – I do not think a ‘bipolar diagnosis’ is in any way appropriate. Mood swings, periods of depression can be caused by a multitude of factors, and if you have “been suffering from hypothyroidism for more than 10 years” you need to find a qualified doctor to help you.

      Hypothryoidism can be a very complicated to treat, there could be other issues that are affecting you (food allergies, poor diet, lack of exercise routine, stress, etc.) and contributing to your low moods. I am sorry you are struggling, just trying to help you see that a ‘bipolar diagnosis’ will not in any way solve your problems, and will then make you sicker with new very toxic meds they will start prescribing.

      Don’t go down that path – it disables, harms and makes most worse (because they don’t even have the illness, are not Manic Depressive, and root health issues then go untreated).

      You may need to be on a different thryoid medication, you may have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – have you had full thyroid testing? That is where I would start if I were you, a new doctor, maybe a new medical approach to your autoimmune condition… have you tried an elimination diet? Or at least eliminating gluten and dairy for a month to see if you have some improvement, how you feel after you reintroduce it?

      Find a doctor who practices an integrative approach, and understands more than tests and drugs. There are some great Facebook groups about autoimmune issues, thyroid conditions, etc. That may be helpful some too.

      Dr. Kelly Brogan has a free ebook on depression – http://kellybroganmd.com/ – and an online program… check it out for sure.

      I hope you start to find better treatment options and ways to heal, Molly

      January 18, 2018

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