Woman’s Overactive Thyroid Mistaken For Post-Partum Depression

One mother shares that she thought that she was just having post-partum depression, but she was actually having an overactive thyroid that caused her to be in so much turmoil.

Siobhan English shares that she was very excited to give birth to her son and she was excited to be his mother. She never thought that she was going to be so depressed after delivering her son. She thought that when she had her son that it would be the happiest time of her life but that was not the case. The first few months of her son's life was actually filled with dark days and a lot of tears. She assumed that it was just due to postpartum depression but she felt like it went way beyond just being sleep deprived. She felt like there was something seriously wrong with her and her body.

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English found out that it wasn't just post-partum depression, it was a thyroid issue that was causing all of her hormones to go completely out of whack. "International studies suggest that one in four women will develop biochemical changes in thyroid function post-partum," says consultant endocrinologist Dr. Margaret Griffin. "Many will have no symptoms but about one in three of those affected will go on to get symptoms." English had no idea that it was even possible to have thyroid issues after giving birth and so she was very surprised to see how common the issue was among women who are post-partum.


Often there can be many symptoms of post-partum depression and post-partum anxiety that mock the symptoms of thyroid disease. At no fault of the doctor, a doctor might wrongly diagnose a mother with PPD or PPA instead of checking her thyroids. Thyroid disease can cause women to feel depressed and even suffer from anxiety. English finally told her doctor that she felt like there was something more serious about her moods and they ended up doing a few tests. After the second round of tests, her endocrinologist shared that her depression was most likely not caused by PPD but was probably a thyroid issue.

She shares that it was a long 9 months to finally feel better. She had to undergo quite a few months of feeling terrible and having her moods go crazy. It took them a while to figure out what was going wrong, to properly diagnose her and then to properly treat her. She was very happy when they finally found out how to help her. English now wants to let other women know that maybe there is more to their PPD then they would have thought.

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