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Living With a Thyroid Disorder: A Guide for Teenagers and Young Adults
source: British Thyroid Foundation
As you grow up it’s only natural to want to feel ‘normal’ and just to fit in with your friends. It can therefore be hard to accept that you have a medical condition that can mean you have to take daily medication. It is understandable that you may feel frustrated to have to miss school or work to attend regular doctors’ appointments, have blood tests, etc. In addition to this, there will be times when you may find it difficult to manage your symptoms and to feel in control of your thyroid hormone levels.
When this happens you, or your parents or carers, may worry that any difficulties and challenges you have are caused by your thyroid disorder. It may be helpful to remember, however, that going through the teenage years is difficult for most young people whether they have a thyroid disorder (or other health condition) or not.
We’ve prepared some information that suggests some easy steps that will help you take control of your thyroid disorder and to feel better about living with it.
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