Thyroid Abnormalities Common in Childhood Mental Illness

October 21, 2011 · Posted in Risk Factors · Comment 

thyroid hormonesAt the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in October 2010, Maria Gariup of Barcelona, Spain reported that thyroid abnormalities are common among children with major psychiatric diagnoses and, in particular, high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are common among those with bipolar illness.

Editor’s Note: These findings may relate to reports of a greater incidence of anti-thyroid antibodies in adult patients with bipolar disorder compared with many other psychiatric groups.