I met a woman last night whilst walking my dog and got talking to her, as you do. She said I looked tired and I explained that long working hours and thyroid illness do not go together. This statement started off an entirely new conversation about her son.
He was labelled at school as a naughty/disruptive child, had temper tantrums, couldn't concentrate, constantly wanted to be on the go, had restless leg syndrome and was a huge worry to his mum, dad and sister. He hated school and the label that had been put on him and the more he was told he was naughty or disruptive the worse he got, almost his whole school life was hell for him.
Fast forward FIVE YEARS and he has finally been diagnosed as hyperthyroid. This poor kid, and his family, have been through hell and back and even now he is not on any medication. All I could do was direct his poor mum to this site and advise her to read and learn as much as possible before his next doctors appt and commiserate with her on an appalling waste of his school years and encourage her to educate herself so that she can help her son. There is a history of thyroid illness on his fathers side of the family and his cousin has only just had her thyroid removed. The boys GP doesn't seem to be doing much, apart from tests, and unfortunately I could not answer many of her questions as I am hypo not hyper.
Hope she finds this site.