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I may be sticking my neck out here.. but I was on levo 50mlg for a year after taking anti depressants for 4 years. To my mind there seems to be a link between anti depressants And under active thyroid.. I have taken myself off all medication and now under a nutritionist. After 6 months my weight had returned to near normal and I feel much better .. no gluten.. no caffeine .. I now will be looking at my mind health and learning to control breathing and letting go of pent up emotions .. worth a try , as so many people I meet with thyroid problems are not well , even though they are given treatment .. I'm finding new ways to combating this monster all the time .. it's a chance.. and my gp is going nuts .. but I feel driven to find another way ...good luck every body 🙂

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Do you have any test results for your thyroid ? Maybe the FT3 is low and could be contributing to your symptoms.

Have you looked at the website of Kelly Brogan and her book - A Mind of Your Own .....

I keep reading that depression starts with the gut - so once again it is back to Nutrition. David Perlmutter - an American Neurologist - covers this topic as do others.

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Do you have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's for example? If you do, at some point won't you need thyroid hormones...? WHat has your nutritionist said about replacing these hormones? x


There is a very strong link between depression and thyroid. But, it's caused by low T3, not T4. So if you can't convert the T4 you're taking, it's not going to help with the depression, is it.

But I'm not sure what you mean by a link between antidepressants and under-active thyroid.

Have you actually had your thyroid tested? TSH, FT4 and FT3, TPOab and TgAB? Only by doing all of them will you really know what is happening in your thyroid. If you've had them done, why not post them here, and let us have a look?

Whilst nutrition is very important - and low nutrients can also cause depression - food cannot replace hormones. So, if your thyroid really is under-active, at some point you are going to need thyroid hormone replacement. You cannot live without thyroid hormone, no matter how good your diet. :)

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