When a person suffers from a thyroid disease, there can be a number of symptoms. Problems become apparent when the thyroid gland produces too much or too little thyroid hormones, or when cancer is present.
Since signs slowly appear over time, diagnosis for thyroid disease can come after symptoms start. Symptoms can include weakness or fatigue, fast heart rate, weight loss or weight gain, extreme anxiety, change in menstrual behavior, dry skin and hair, and depression.
The necessary treatment or medication will depend on the type of thyroid disease. As a result, many persons
can resume a fairly normal life with treatment. Realistically, some patients will continue to deal with bouts of fatigue, and for an individual who is normally very active and independent, this fact can be very sobering.
What can a person do to cope with the change in lifestyle that thyroid disease may present? What about persons who have braved thyroid cancer diagnosis and treatment successfully? How do these persons start to regain their emotional health back?
Dealing with this situation can be stressful. One thing we all know is that we can’t change or control outside forces. Therefore, the goal is to manage emotions in a healthy way. Under normal circumstances, when stress increases, the hypothalamus (a small area at the base of the brain), kicks your body into response mode. After a mix of nerve and hormonal signals fire, your adrenal glands release the adrenaline and cortisol hormones.
Adrenaline gives you a charge of energy while elevating the blood pressure and heart rate. The hormone cortisol (which is the main stress hormone), increases blood sugars, prepares the brain for this increase and makes ready the substances that repair bodily tissues. All of this can happen in a matter of seconds. Afterwards, the body usually does a good job of restoring stress levels to normal. But sometimes, as when individuals are dealing with long-term illnesses, stress levels continue to be “on alarm.” This state can exhaust the body, leading to more health problems.
Managing emotional health means taking care of you - physically and emotionally.