6 Conditions Often Dismissed as Psychological Issues

6 Conditions Often Dismissed as Psychological Issues

Many symptoms, often indicative of a mental health disorder, may actually be signs of physical medical issues. There is only a fine line between the two.

Here is a look at 6 health issues that can easily be dismissed as mood disorders.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is usually characterized by disturbed sleep, memory loss, lack of concentration and extreme lack of energy. No wonder, CFS is easily confused with depression.

Lyme Disease

This disease results from a tick bite and the bite often goes unnoticed. Lyme Disease’s symptoms include cognitive decline, depression, headaches, dizziness, and great fatigue.

Thyroid Disorder

Signs of a thyroid disorder are very similar to a state of depression. It is advisable that relevant blood tests are administered when depression is suspected, to rule out a thyroid disorder. Irregular thyroid levels can easily affect one’s overall quality of life, disrupting energy levels and mood.


Syphilis can cause an infection in the spinal cord or brain, resulting in a severe neuro-cognitive disorder. This disease can affect one’s personality and memory, create a state of confusion and lead to severe depressive thoughts.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to excess daytime fatigue and lack of rejuvenation from sleep. This can lead to attention issues, moodiness, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Other accompanying symptoms are weight gain, snoring and high blood pressure.

Neuroendocrine Tumors

A rare and usually noncancerous tumor of adrenal gland tissue can cause excess adrenaline to be produced. The high levels of adrenaline may be misunderstood as a panic or anxiety disorder. Signs, such as excess sweating, headaches, and tremors, may follow.


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