Neuropsychiatric Complaints in Graves’ Disease: Webinar Highlights

A chance meeting at a medical conference in the early days of the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation (back then the National Graves’ Disease Foundation) led to a groundbreaking research paper on neuropsychiatric complaints in Graves’ disease. More than 20 years later, a member of the original research team set out to see if anything…

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What’s Wrong With Me

Have you felt tense and irritable? Have you had trouble concentrating? You are not alone. If you have ever wondered whether your change in mood or thinking problems might be due to your Graves’ disease, keep reading. We are going to describe the emotional, behavioral and cognitive changes that may result from having Graves’ disease.…

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Mind & Body Connection – attitudes affect your health

Recent studies show that severe prolonged stress and chronic negative thinking can compromise the immune system. By the same token, studies have also revealed that individuals with a positive attitude toward life tend to become sick less often than those with a negative attitude. It is also believed that a healthy upbeat attitude can in…

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Unmasking and Dealing with Depression – II

Taking steps toward recovery A diagnosis of depression may answer some of your questions about the way you’ve been feeling, but it probably raises many more. What causes depression? Who is affected? How is depression treated? This bulletin was written to answer some of these questions, and also to offer you encouragement. With the help…

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Unmasking and Dealing with Depression – I

Bringing depression out into the open When you think of depression, you may think of “feeling blue” or “being down in the dumps.” These feelings certainly are a part of depression for most people. But for others, depression may be hidden beneath other symptoms that seem to have nothing to do with “the blues.” Perhaps…

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Neuropsychiatric Complaints in Graves’ patients

One hundred thirty-seven patients with treated Graves’ disease completed a questionnaire pertaining to neuropsychiatric complaints. Psychiatric symptoms, especially anxiety and irritability, were common prior to treatment of hyperthyroidism. These complaints appeared to result in delays in seeking treatment as well as delays in receiving appropriate diagnosis. Subjects reported significantly worse memory, attention, Planning and productivity…

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Graves’ Disease – A Man’s Perspective

The doctor said, “I think you have Graves’ disease, and I think you have had it for a while.” My mind thought back. Where had I heard of that disease before? I remembered an aunt of mine who had Graves’ disease. Her eyes bugged out like she was being choked and she had the disposition…

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An Open Letter to Husbands of Graves’ Patients

Dear Husband of Graves’, This letter is to all of us who are or were married to someone with Graves’ disease. It is a letter from my heart as I know of no other way to talk about it. If in some way it speaks to those of you who are now struggling or have…

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Living With a Rare Disorder – III

In two previous issues of Orphan Disease Update I wrote about self pity, self blame, guilt, shame and hurt as distressful feelings you don’t have to live with. In this issue, I’ll write about the feelings of anger you don’t have to live with either. Anger, with the possible exception of fear, disrupts the human…

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Living With a Rare Disorder – II

In a previous issue of Orphan Disease Update, I wrote about self-pity and self-blame, and about guilt and shame as feelings you don’t have to live with. In this issue, I’ll write about the feeling of hurt which you don’t have to suffer as much from either. With a chronic illness you’re more vulnerable to…

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