The Seven Signs Of A Thyroid Problem, As Illustrated By Disney Princesses

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Could you have a thyroid disorder and not even know it? Find out now!

How many times have you felt a bit under the weather and just brushed it off as a common cold? While you might be right and your symptoms will pass, you might not be so lucky every time. If you notice any of the following symptoms that just won't go away, consult your doctor to have your thyroid tested.

1. Mood Change

If you notice yourself feeling unusually sad or even depressed, it could be a sign of an under-active thyroid. On the other hand, an overactive thyroid can make you feel more restless or anxious than normal. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is because the hormones produced by the thyroid influence the amount of serotonin (a neurotransmitter involved in the sleep-wake cycle) in the brain.

2. Fatigue

Everyone gets tired from time to time, but if you feel unusually wiped out, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism. This causes your body's natural functions to slow down, making you feel fatigued no matter how much sleep you get.

3. Increased Appetite

Admit it — everyone likes to overindulge in a large tub of Ben & Jerry's every now and then; but if you're eating a well balanced diet and just can't seem to stop eating, you may have an overactive thyroid.

4. Low Libido

That's right. Hypothyroidism can completely kill your libido. A lack of sexual desire often correlates with a lack of thyroid hormones.

5. Hair Damage

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Brittle hair — or worse, hair loss — can occur as a result of hypothyroidism. This is because the hair's natural growth cycle is disrupted when your body is not receiving enough thyroid hormones.

6. Weight Gain

Are you eating a healthy diet and exercising but still gaining weight? According to WebMD, this is a tell-tale sign that you have an under-active thyroid.

7. Neck Pain

The thyroid is located in your neck, so a thyroid problem can result in discomfort in the region such as swelling or soreness.

If you find yourself depressed like Ariel or fatigued like Cinderella, it could be a sign of a thyroid disorder. Be sure to consult your doctor for more information.

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