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

Robertas Bunevičius; Arthur J. Prange Jr

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

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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.

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