Telling Friends and Family About Your Hypothyroidism


Susan Fishman

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You've put on a few pounds, you're always feeling cold and, most days, you're exhausted. As if that's not enough, now you're getting forgetful and depressed. While you're trying to wrap your head around all of these changes due to your hypothyroidism, now you're wondering what your friends and family must be thinking.

Trying to explain your condition and symptoms to others is not such an easy task. But knowing that others understand what you're going through and are there to support you can help. They may even be able to offer assistance with daily activities, words of encouragement or ideas about how to cope and live with hypothyroidism that you never thought of.

For example, if you have a tendency to isolate yourself when you're depressed, it can help to talk with a loved one or friend to explain why you've been out of touch, or just to have someone who can listen to what you've been going through.

For some people, hypothyroidism runs in the family. And your loved ones can help you through difficult times with the disease.

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