Can depression be caused by a thyroid problem?

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Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when a gland called the thyroid doesn't produce enough of certain hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate how your body uses energy. When these hormone levels run low, it can cause depression. Hypothyroidism and depression also share some symptoms in common. These include tiredness (fatigue) and weight gain. For this reason, hypothyroidism is sometimes mistaken for depression.

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