The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, bi-lobed gland found in the front part of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. Despite its small size, the thyroid remains responsible for maintaining some of the body’s most important functions, particularly those that regulate metabolism, protein production and calcium balance. When functioning normally, the gland also plays an important role in the overall growth and development of the body and brain, making it a very vital organ.
Abnormalities in thyroid function brought about by its over-activity (hyperthyroidism) or underactivity (hypothyroidism) can cause various problems that can seriously affect a person’s wellbeing. In addition, abnormal growths such as tumors found within the gland, can also have negative effects on thyroid function, again, causing health problems in individuals who have them.
Here is a list of the different signs of thyroid disorder.
1. Nervousness, Tremors and Agitation (Hyperthyroidism)
Thyroid over-activity or hyperthyroidism results in an overproduction of thyroid hormones, resulting in an increase in metabolism as well as the activation of the body’s sympathetic nervous system. When this happens, patients experience the very same symptoms felt by people with psychological anxiety: nervousness, tremors, agitation and irritability.