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What are symptoms of thyroid disease that looks like Alzheimer's?

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Your thyroid makes hormones that help your organs work and control how well your body uses food for fuel. If your thyroid is working too fast or too slow, it can affect your mental health.

Too little thyroid hormones can slow your thoughts. You may find it hard to learn new things or recall an event that just took place.

If you're making too much thyroid hormone, it also can make it hard for you to focus. And you may feel anxious or depressed. In severe cases, you can feel like you're losing touch with the real world.

Some of those symptoms may look like Alzheimer’s.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

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