Thyroid Disease and Mental Disorders: Cause and Effect or Only comorbidity?

Robertas Bunevičius; Arthur J. Prange Jr


Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2010;23(4):363-368. 

In This Article

Thyroid Function and Mature Brain

In adults, the effects of thyroid hormones on mental functioning are less striking. Most psychiatric patients have no overt thyroid dysfunction. If a thyroid abnormality is present, it is usually mild and considered as a risk factor for mental disorder rather than as a causal factor. In adult patients with frank thyroid disease, mental symptoms are usually limited to depression, anxiety, or reversible cognitive decline.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as: