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amil135 posted:
Hi, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's two years ago. I went through premature menopause and I thought that was the extent of my symptoms, but I didn't realize bipolar disorder's association with my condition until recently. I have self-diagnosed depression that has persisted since I was 14 (I'm 18 now). Being the independent type, I have not sought help for this particular problem. I just began college, and I had been aware of my attention and mood problems in high school, but being alone at a state school and actually having to try to make good grades are new to me, and my issues are quickly becoming more apparent.
I'm easily irritated, easily distracted, sometimes overly joyous, sometimes overly depressed, and I feel that it is out of control. My abrupt and drastic mood swings and attention problems hinder my ability to have solid relationships with people and my ability to keep up with my studies. A friend told me today that he suspects I have bipolar disorder. Whatever the case, I want it to be under control.

I've been on levothyroxine for the entirety of my hashimoto's diagnosis, along with birth control so that I have a period and breasts and function like a healthy 18-year-old. I have seen no positive changes in my moods, and I NEED HELP.

Can Bipolar disorder itself exist in Hashimoto's patients, or is Hashimoto's the sole cause of my mood problems?
Is there a medicine I can take to control my symptoms? My attention problems are consistent with the symptoms of ADHD. I don't want to have ALL these conditions, but I would like to find out what's going on with me.

I feel as though I'm losing the person I was two years ago, before Hashimoto's.

If anybody has some advice to share, it would be greatly appreciated; especially advice from a doctor if possible.

Thanks,

Alexandra

P.S.
Fun fact: I'm slightly allergic to iodine, which is tied to thyroid function. Intersting, huh?

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