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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Hyperthyroidism and Anxiety

02/21/2002

Question:

Can you further explain how hyperthyroidism is related to anxiety?

Answer:

It is extremely uncommon to have hyperthyroidism as a child. Often the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, shakiness, rapid pulse, agitation, excessive activity get mistaken for `anxiety` symptoms. Conversely, patients with hyperthyroidism do subjectively feel anxious and jittery but the underlying cause is medical not psychological.

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati