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It feels like you're moving in slow motion. You're constantly exhausted and moody. You feel sad and worthless. You have trouble sleeping at night.
These signs often indicate depression. But they can also point to a thyroid disorder, says the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE).
A maze of symptoms
The thyroid is a gland situated just below your Adam's apple and right above your collarbone. It makes hormones that control nearly every aspect of your body's function.
If the thyroid stops producing the right level of hormones, the effects can be far-reaching. According to the AACE, a thyroid disorder can cause these symptoms in addition to mood changes:
Check your neck
If you're not sure whether your symptoms point to a thyroid disorder, the AACE recommends doing the thyroid neck check. You'll need a glass of water and a handheld mirror.
Treatments for thyroid problems include taking thyroid hormones, taking radioactive iodine (which impairs the thyroid's production of hormones) and surgically removing most of the thyroid gland.