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Mental Health and Childhood Hyperthyroidism

A recent study suggests that mental health disorders could be tied to undiagnosed hyperthyroidism in children. There is a clear association between hyperthyroidism and anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts or plans, or attempted suicide. If your child is experiencing symptoms affecting emotional well-being, you may want to have a full thyroid work up as soon as possible rather than just treating for mental health issues. Thyroid hormone testing should include not only TSH, but also Free T3, Total T3, Free T4, Total T4 and autoimmune antibodies.



Pediatrics. 2019 Nov;144(5):e20182874.

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