Thyroid disorders

How are thyroid disorders related to bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder may show increased rates of co-occurring conditions, including thyroid disorders. The thyroid gland makes hormones that help control many of the body’s metabolic processes, such as heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. If the thyroid becomes deregulated (overactive or underactive), or cancerous, this can result in a range of physical symptoms, as well as depression.

What is the evidence for thyroid disorders in people with bipolar disorder?

Low quality evidence is unclear of the prevalence of thyroid disorders in people with bipolar disorder. Review authors suggest no association between bipolar disorder and thyroid disease, although there may be increased prevalence of circulating thyroid autoantibodies in people with bipolar disorder.

April 2019

Last updated at: 6:47 am, 9th April 2019
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