First of all I want to say a huge thankyou to everyone that contributes to this forum. With your help and advice, I have managed to get myself on T4/T3 combo and it has changed my life and quite possibly also saved it. For many years I suffered from what I was told was "the blues" to such an extent that I just didn't want to be here anymore. I realise now that I was probably clinically depressed as a result of being hypo (TSH at 26 when first diagnosed). T3 has made all the difference and I know that without all the advice and support I found here I simply wouldn't have been able to argue my case for receiving T3. So thank you again.
The point of my post is that I read with sadness that the brilliant editor and writer Sally Brampton has taken her own life after suffering from depression for many years. I read an article that she wrote about her illness in The Telegraph some time ago (you can read it here:
I read it with sadness until I got to the part where she said that she couldn't swallow...had a lump in her throat....
" The physical symptoms of severe depression are as wide-ranging as they are confounding. There's a terrible leaden weariness....My particular physical symptom was a constriction of the throat. It felt as if I had some huge growth behind my tonsils, which, at times, became so severe I could not swallow and I feared I could no longer breathe. It has a name, globus hystericus, given it, unsurprisingly, by Freud."
Sound familiar? t was only when she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital that she was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid.
Im not saying that depression is solely caused by thyroid issues. But I wonder how many people are being treated for depression when a simple blood test and a sympathetic, clued-up GP might lead to a different diagnosis and radically different outcome for those whose depression might be thyroid-related?
RIP Sally Brampton