Graves’ Disease in Teens: Overlooked too Often

Plummeting grades, weight change, trouble focusing, it might be easy to blame your teen’s behavior on the changes in adolescence. Your family doctor might suspect attention deficit disorder. But Graves’ disease, a condition where the thyroid works overtime, can easily be overlooked in kids and teens.

Alissa Espinal loved performing on stage until she hit middle school. “I gained so much weight and I was so self-conscious about it,” Alissa told ABC30. Alissa’s parents also noticed their daughter had a hard time staying on task.