I'd just like to make a comment not necessarily an answer, but I find it quite alarming how many of the people on here who are hypothyroid are being give antidepressants. I know it can help the depression short-term, but all mood-enhancing drugs can prove extremely difficult to stop taking even though it was probably not the right treatment in the first place.
Truth to tell I know that it is absolutely none of my business who takes anti d's and who doesn't. I am not being in ANY way judgemental, but I just want to express how I feel about these very potent and dangerous drugs. As a thyroid patient over many, many years I have been offered these drugs, and in my Overactive days I was also offered Valium.
I have always resisted most strongly for four reasons:
1: I know I have a physical illness which is causing my symptoms. I want that illness, not the symptoms, to be addressed.
2: I believe I have a addictive personality judging by my careless use of alcohol as a teenager. (I hasten to add I nipped it in the bud before it was out of control!)
3: I do not want to create a new problem to add to the ones I already have, i.e. tiredness from the drug - I am tired enough already, thank you, and what can I gain from being more so - I still can't do anything but thanks to the drugs I no longer care?
4: I am certain that the doctor is offering these drugs because he can shut me up and send me away while at the same time getting some extra points for another 'depressed' patient. (And what do points mean? PRIZES!)
Please forgive my cynicism, but have had a battle with my GP for a year and finally he has agreed to increase my Levothyroxine to where it was before I was 'depressed'.
Now, my 'depression' is disappearing gradually and so is my agoraphobia.
I am sure that the majority of those with hypothyroism AND depression would not need to take antidepressants if their thyroid condition were optimally treated, be it with Levo or T3 or NDT, whichever is the best for that individual.
This long comment (sorry) is really to encourage those who are diagnosed with both to be really, really insistent that the thyroid condition be sorted as a priority, since the price of not doing so is the quality of life.