When Teenagers show symptoms of anxiety disorders or Depression, can also plug a disorder of the thyroid behind. The professional Association of child and youth doctors e. V. (BVKJ) points. When thyroid disease in the family are not known, or the young people have lately weight, or lost, should be checked the function of the thyroid gland, the experts advise.
"The thyroid gland is closely with the brain function and the metabolism verbunden", Prof. Dr. Hans explains-Juergen Nentwich, a children – and Youth medicine and a member of the scientific Advisory Board of the BVKJ. For example, an Overactive thyroid can cause anxiety, weight loss, reduced appetite, and concentration disorders. Affected sweating also easily and are nervous. A sub-function could cause fatigue, weight gain and increased appetite, slower motor skills and reduced ability to concentrate. "Many of these symptoms also occur in Depression auf", so Nentwich. For girls, strengthened, weakened or irregular monthly bleeding of a Thyroid dysfunction.
American researchers have determined in a study in 6 percent of 1.319 Adolescents up to 19 years of age who suffered from mental health problems, thyroid values, which deviated from the Standard. "In the case of particularly anxious or depressed young people who belong to the above-mentioned risk groups, it is recommended that a malfunction of the thyroid gland, to exclude – although these cases rarely sind", so Nentwich. For this, the doctor of blood must decrease. On the basis of laboratory values to assess whether the young person suffers from an Over – or under-function. Changes in the thyroid tissue, such as enlargement of the thyroid gland, it can detect by Palpation of the neck and by means of ultrasound.