Whilst I have been busy trying to get to the bottom of my health probs I started thinking back to childhood and family - I can only follow my maternal lineage.
My nan spent years in and out of depression and anxiety and I remember she used to go to bed a lot and had no energy. I remember her being helped down the stairs to sit in front of the fire one day. She and my mother would argue a lot as they were both prone to 'flying off the handle'. My nan could be really loving but there was always an edge to her and bit by bit I saw her decline. I think someone once mentioned something about thyroid? Don't remember any meds only that she had beed given prothiadin (like valium I think). My nan died when she was 80 - she had flu which apparently weakened her heart and she died of heart failure.
Whilst doing some geneology research I discovered that my great grandmother had committed suicide in her 50's - I was told that she was a very large lady (I have a photo now) who may have had 'womens problems' but was always sad.
My nan's sister who had told me about their mother also said that she had times when she was not feeling well and could get irritible at times even in to her 70s, she didn't say that she had a thryoid problem or whether she took any meds - I didn't think it was appropriate to ask.
It is interesting to look back and see what happens.
Does anyone have any similar stories.