I am trying to help someone that I suspect could have a thyroid problem. They have suffered from depression, anxiety and ADHD symptoms from teenage years.
Unfortunately they suffer from high anxiety levels and don't seem to be able to cope with stress or be able to function normally. This person seems to get stressed out from doing the simplest things such as sorting out their washing or dealing with bills. They over react and argue in a non logical way. Everything I have read about ADHD and bipolar fits them to a T. ( I know that thyroid can manifest in this way) but so far Tsh levels have always been around 2 and on one occasion just over three.
Unfortunately, due to the unbearable stress and anguish this person feels they have recently turned to drugs to cope. Although they do not want to go this way they almost feel compelled to self medicate in order to relieve the stress/ to feel normal. They have a history of drinking heavily and have been assessed and dismissed for both bipolar and ADHD by a pyschiatrist. ( they have said maladaptive coping with stress?)
Anyway, I turned to Dr Ridha Arems book as I remembered that he wrote of ADHD symptoms in thyroid conditions. On page 108 he talks of ' thyroid resistance syndrome' and how this can manifest as ADHD and sadly ' adults afflicted with this condition' tend to have high anxiety levels and often become drug addicts'. Is it possible this person could be suffering from this and how would I go about finding out?
The person has more than four family members with diagnosed thyroid problems and a couple of relatives thought to have bipolar.
How best could I help this person as I fear if help is not given soon they may fall further into self medication with drugs and perhaps less likely to be helped. Is it worth taking him to Dr P or another doctor?
Thanks for reading this long post. Please advise me on what I could do.