Thyroid disorders

How are thyroid disorders related to schizophrenia?

People with schizophrenia 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 symptoms, including depression.

What is the evidence for thyroid disorders in people with schizophrenia?

Moderate to high quality evidence finds a small increase in the rate of Graves’ disease in people with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.

June 2020

Last updated at: 2:50 am, 19th June 2020
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