Love and Graves’ Disease

Despite recent advances in diagnostic procedures and the development of new techniques for removing or damping down the function of the thyroid gland, the enigma of Graves’ disease remains unsolved. Why the thyroid starts functioning abnormally, why antithyroid medication can succeed in damping down the function of the thyroid gland in some people and not in others, cannot be explained.

A relationship between severe emotional shock and the onset of hyperthyroidism had been noted by clinicians since the first descriptions of the disease entity. Cases in which the illness starts immediately after a severe shock continue to be seen.

However the presence of emotional shock is not the only imperative for the appearance of Graves’ Disease or Hyperthyroidism.

It appears that the presence of extended emotional disturbance or stress, even in cases where is not so evident, is a good enough reason for the onset of these diseases.

My personal observations as a former patient with Graves Disease, as well as my investigation as a psychologist show that the stability of Graves’ Disease/ Hyperthyroid patients rests upon ability to gain affection and protection by doing for others. They appear to be friendly, out-going, and likeable persons, perhaps because they have unconsciously cultivated ways of being liked, usually giving much and asking little. They concentrate their efforts on gaining the affection of a parent, a child, friends, and a group of people or a spouse by self-sacrifice.

Unless they can give of themselves they feel unwanted and rejected. Even though they are unable to “assert” their own needs openly, they nevertheless expect unswerving fidelity in return for their over solicitude. That’s the way they are able to control the people around them and that’s how so called “neurosis of power” is created.

As a result the patient is left helpless, betrayed and enraged. It appears that the basic need of these patients is for more love than they can get at that particular moment and for a prolonged period of time. At a certain point the disease starts to manifest on different levels.

For me this is one of the basic psychological reasons for the onset of Graves Disease and Hyperthyroid- inability of the patient to communicate their need for love, as well as to receive love.

The structure of this psychological phenomenon lies in the following scheme:

Basic needs (love, food, acceptance, sense of belonging, sexual needs etc.)- not satisfied due to different reasons (rejection, inability to ask for etc.)  Aggressive Response Anxiety Defense Against Anxiety  Reaction Formation (ostentatious display of independence or/and affection) Break Down Ineffectual Defense Structure with overwhelming Anxiety is apt to produce thyrotoxicosis.

Final Thoughts For Your Consideration:

1. Determine your basic needs- here and now

2. Use different methods of communication to ask for what you need

3. Make a list of activities that will endorse your sense of self-love

4. Make decisions based upon your real needs and therefore create a life style based upon these needs

5. Clear relationships and communications. Speak up how you feel. Don’t attack verbally the other people. Aggression is not the way.

6. Love your disease, this is the way how your body and your soul want to remind you that they still exist.



Source by Svetla Bankova

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