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Cleaning the Emotional Bathroom of Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism


stressedlady1I have a confession to make; I was a life time worrier. When it comes to worrying there was no other person in the world that can do that job better than me. I could worry pretty much about anything and any time, day or night. I guess I inherited this precious character trait from my mom who still likes to worry about everything.

 Anxiety has been my dear companion all my life, but that’s a personal trait that will never go completely away and I am very aware of that fact.

But when I was sick with Graves’ disease some 10 years ago, anxiety and negative emotions just bloomed like a flower, watered with care every day during summer. See what I am talking about? Along with the anxiety other “nice” emotions will show their ugly faces: I’ll also feel angry (1), resentful (2), annoyed (3), irritated (4), bitter (5) upset (6) or (7) all of the above, to the point where I get pissed off of myself.  Then my “monkey mind” decides to start feeling sorry for itself and just for a change, the self-pity, pessimism and guilt will come along. Which will be replaced, sooner or later, again, by obsessive worrying, irritability, crying and sassing, snapping people  with words, blaming,  and not always in that particular ugly order. You can safely add to this list emotional liablity, nervousness, irritability and you can get a pretty nice picture of Graves’ disease condition. Not that I didn’t have any positive emotions, but they would manifest so rare that I don’t even remember them.

How fun this was? You may ask my friends and family members back then when I was sick with Graves’ Disease…. And I am pretty sure that you have experienced some of these emotions (if not all)  at least once, if not on a regular basis, if you have Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism. Have you?

And yes, it’s Graves’ disease and all thyroid hormones to blame for these emotions to a very big extend. We ask family members and friends to understand; we write heartbreaking letters to them and seek for the right words, hoping that they’ll somehow comprehend what is going on with us and that we are the victims of our own bodies. And they may, or may not. They’ll try to be compassionate and empathetic but they’ll still want this Mary, David, Christina, Alexandra etc. (insert your name here) they knew from before Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. They do not want the “insane” person we’ve become, but the previous, precious, version of you, not the “downgrade”.

So, how do I keep all these emotions under control? Emotions feed your thoughts and thoughts feed your emotions. That’s a never ending circle and you can either chose different emotions or different thoughts to break that vicious circle.

I want to share 4 simple tips how you can deal successfully with the negative emotions, associated with Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism. 

5 tips to deal with  your negative Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism emotions

And as always, if you have your own strategies, please share them here on this blog. You can not believe how many people this will help!

Rethinking Graves’ Disease and any other autoimmune disease for that matter

Rethinking Graves’ Disease, and any other autoimmune disease for that matter

img5The science keeps silence regarding what is the cause of Graves’ disease and similar autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s disease, Lupus, Diabetes type I, Rheumatoid Arthritis and many others. We, the public and the affected, speculate at large what caused our autoimmune disorders and probably we’ll never know for sure, neither will our doctors. Especially when the disorder is a possible combination of numerous factors: chemicals like fluoride (even though some decades ago it was used in fact for treating hyperthyroidism), pollution, the genetically modified foods we consume every day, heredity, exhausted adrenal glands due to massive and chronic stress, single traumatic events or mycoplasma bacterium (as noted by some clinicians). The pure physical causes may vary depending on circumstances and conditions, but chronic autoimmune diseases are, in fact, systematic malfunctions caused by collapses in the body chemistry balance. How is that happening? How our otherwise perfect body structure will allow this to happen?

img1There is almost 150-year history of hypothesizing that hyperthyroidism is a condition in which adaptive-defensive style and personal or environmental stressors are  significant predisposing and precipitating factors for the development of this disease. And that’s no surprise, because hyperthyroidism presents itself in a wide variety of behavioral symptoms such as active expression of emotional distress and instability in speech and behavior, all possibly suggesting mental illness. Graves’ Disease patients also seem to have significantly higher anxiety as a constant personality characteristic. Hyperthyroidism, in fact, is often confused with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), menopause, generalized anxiety, panic attacks and bipolar disorder. I am not familiar in details about the mental symptoms of the other autoimmune disorders but I am pretty sure that there are such, which suggests that mind and body worked hard together to create the complicated clinical picture of that particular disorder. Why would we think then that just by feeding the body with pharmaceuticals would solve entirely our medical problems? Do you think that our bodies are sick because they medications?

The result of all of the above factors, or even just one of them, is that our immune system is severely affected; it is not acting properly and is grossly disorganized. It cannot recognize the invaders anymore and starts attacking its own cells and different organs, as it is the case with Graves’ Disease. I believe we can take measures to improve our biochemistry through proper nutrition, different naturopathic methods or traditional measures like medications, but is this enough?

Sickness in any form, I believe, is always a reflection of inner, spiritual problems that interrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. Autoimmune diseases begin in the spirit and end up in the body, manifesting themselves in different chronic disorders. Same may not be true for acute illnesses even though I suspect a psychosomatic factor there as well.

Unresolved issues, energy blockages and suppressed emotions play an equal role in the initial setting of any disorder and they may interrupt the natural bio-repair process in the body. The healing process may stop or not work at all unless we also pay attention to our emotional detoxification and spiritual development. The mind and the spirit play a significant role in that healing process and should not be disregarded. They may boost the natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease in such a way that no medication can accomplish. Nurturing the body chemically (with proper food, not pharmaceuticals), structurally (meaning exercise), energetically, emotionally and spiritually is the best strategy for approaching Graves’ Disease and any other autoimmune disorder.


So, what’s your soul craving for?

If you could, what would you change in your life?

How could you love more, or take better care of yourself ?

Here are some 101 ways to cope with stress:

And above all: 101 Self- Loving Acts

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