11 Things To Know About Someone With Hypothyroidism

11 Things To Know About Someone With Hypothyroidism

For those who may not know, hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is under-active and fails to produce as much thyroxine (T4) as the body needs.

For those who may not know, hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is under-active and fails to produce as much thyroxine (T4) as the body needs. T4 regulates heart rate, digestion, physical growth, and mental development.

A lack of T4 can damage vital organs and body tissues resulting in life-threatening complications. It is more common in women than in men and I personally struggle with hypothyroidism. Now that you know a little bit about the disease, you can learn about people who struggle with it, and why you should take in consideration their symptoms are why they are the way they are.

1. Hypothyroidism IS NOT just an excuse for being overweight.

One of the biggest struggles of living with this particular disease is trying to maintain your weight. It makes it very hard to lose weight and extremely easy to gain it all back. So no, it is not just an "excuse" for being overweight, it is a legitimate problem for certain individuals. You just have to learn to embrace the chubbiness and love yourself.

2. You might have aches like an eighty-year-old.

One of the many symptoms of hypothyroidism is intense muscle pain or extreme weakness. When it rains, you'll feel it coming.

3. Yes, I drink enough water. No, it doesn't hydrate my skin more.

It also causes extremely dry skin. So when you see me walking around with dry elbows and my legs looking like a dried up riverbed, that is why.

4. I promise I take care of my hair, but my body treats it differently.

Slight to extreme hair loss, premature graying, and dryness are all results from hypothyroidism. When I was in seventh grade, I lost a majority of my hair because I was letting my disease go untreated. I still struggle with my hair loss/breakage sometimes, and the dryness level is UNREAL.

5. There's never enough sleep.

Whether you take your medicine, or God forbid you miss a dosage of medicine, you will ALWAYS be tired. Ten hours of sleep can't even cure the sleepiness. It is never-ending.

6. Anxiety, depression, mood swings, oh my!

The underactive thyroid causes the depression, but the medicine can bring on the anxiety, which causes annoying over-the-top mood swings that make you seem psycho at times.

7. I honestly can't remember what you said five minutes ago.

Impaired memory and concentration struggles are two of the worst symptoms I find myself struggling with. It is hard to focus in school and at work, as it is also hard to retain information while studying or taking notes in class. If i miss a dosage of my medicine, i might as well hang up trying to be productive that day.

8. My tongue looks weird and no, it isn't a body modification.

My tongue swells in my mouth causing what is called a scalloped tongue, or a wavy tongue. The edges of my tongue are wavy and it looks extremely odd. (Yes, this is MY real tongue)

9. I'm known for my pale, swollen face.

It is a well-known fact in the thyroid world that hypothyroidism causes fatigue and anemia. I just happen to struggle with both of them, which results in a swollen, pale face all of the time.

10. Extra shorts are my best friend.

I find myself having a lot of hot flashes where I just need different pants on, so I make sure to keep some on me. Heat sensitivity is a side effect, as you may conclude by now.

11. Blankets are also my best friend.

Even though I have hot flashes, I'm usually colder than I am hot. This is a result of anemia and hypothyroidism, so I experience cold sensitivity times two.

Hypothyroidism is a disease I will struggle with for the rest of my life. I hope this article can give some insight on what its like to live with it and inform others about thyroid diseases.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Yes, You Have A Narcissist In Your Life, Here's How To Spot Who It Is

You know a narcissist right now, but you don't actually know who it is. There is a distinct connotation to the word narcissist, and there is a reason for that. So let's all figure out who it is together and get rid of the negativity for good.


There is most likely a narcissist in your life whether you know it or not. I got this great idea to talk about spotting a narcissist from an IGTV post on Instagram by ATTN because I believe that it was really beneficial to hear the information being said. We are supposed to be happy and going back to the negative connotation of the word narcissist, I feel as though to be happy all the time, we shouldn't let negatives be apart of our lives.

Now, narcissists are not the same as being self-conceited, being self-conceded I would define as the lower and more human level to a narcissist because they still know how to be human. Sometimes the self-conceited people can be mistaken as overconfident people and as much as they have similar, there are also differences. But, I am not talking about these two right now, we are going straight to the extreme.

The first trick to spot one is in their sense of humor.

Normal human beings are OK with joking about themselves sometimes. If a friend starts making fun of them about how they entered a room, usually the person that entered the room weird would laugh along with their friends and agree that they entered that room weird. Narcissists would get angry that someone would make fun of them and will never laugh at their small flaws.

Next sign would be how a narcissist will interrupt peoples conversations all the time.

Narcissists only like to talk about themselves, so if the topic of conversation isn't about them, they interrupt the conversation just to change the topic to their own life and problems. To me, this is the "ah ha" tip that people will finally realize the people in their lives. Just realize that sure self-conceded people can do this too, however, they don't do this all the time and know how to communicate with people without just talking about themselves.

Narcissists like to make themselves seem untouchable, they shame normal things that people do just to give themselves a boost higher.

Even if it is everyday tasks like cooking for yourself or for normal interactions with people like being friendly to your neighbors. They could even go to the extreme as making sure you know that they are more liked by your own boyfriend than you. Or the slightly lesser of evil, make you unsure about it. If they have been in the proximity of a celebrity, they will let you know about it at least once a day.

This is how they make themselves feel superior to you.

Jealousy is the fuel of this whole narcissist image, but to me, this topic is also pretty confusing. Since jealousy is the fuel of this whole charade, it can be driven in many different ways. All in which normally come from a strand of jealousy. Whether it's them being jealous of other people or feeling like the other people are jealous of them, it has a soul purpose that leads them to act the way they do.

Also because of this jealousy, they think they can get away with whatever they feel like.

These people feel so superior that they think they can do anything they want making them more superior. Whether there are rules in place or not, they will do what they please with no thought of other people. They are likely to steal from businesses or cut in line. They will even go against friends beliefs and rules. Narcissists then put a big situation on friends because if they were to let it go, it then reinforces to the narcissist that they are okay with the bad behavior.

Now, Is everyone in your life a narcissist because they do one thing in this article?

No! Please, do not start hacking away at your friends because they show traits of narcissism because even though these are specific acts of a narcissist, these acts could also be a form of something else. I just wanted to write about this because, for that one reader that does have a narcissist in their life, they can be more aware and use this knowledge to their benefit when handling one.

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