At the end of a lecture I gave to a third-year medical class, a student named John came up to me and said that his 23-year-old wife, Christy, had been experiencing odd symptoms for the previous year and that her primary care physician could find nothing wrong with her.
In my first encounter with Christy, she told me what was happening to her. At times, she felt like her heart was beating fast, she was moody and would cry for no reason. Christie was having a hard time functioning and frequently felt strange in her body, which is often typical of panic attacks.
“Before this time, I was a relaxed person,” she said. But suddenly everything set me off. Even little annoyances or problems seemed like the end of the world and had to be resolved right then. Even though I’m not a devoted cook, if John didn’t finish the meal I served, I would fly off the handle. I over reacted to everything, and John wouldn’t know from minute to minute what might set me off. This went on for an entire year.”
Christy’s story illustrates how dramatically thyroid hormone imbalance can affect a person’s ability to deal with stressful events, even the small ones that would normally just be minor parts of daily life. Christy had suffered unnecessarily for a year. She embraced my mind-body program and when her thyroid levels became well balanced with treatment, Christy became more able to deal equitably with the stress she faced.
“I don’t get upset over silly things anymore,” she said. I’m feeling great, doing well in school now and at home without feeling stressed out. John is happy, too. Recently he said, “You’re back again; you’re nice again.”
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