A case of a suicide attempt associated with hyperthyroidism

Christine E. Petrich, Melissa P. Bui, Helen M. Farrell

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Hyperthyroidism has profound effects on mental health. The literature is sparse, however, with regard to suicide attempts related to untreated hyperthyroidism. This case report illustrates the presentation of a patient in the intensive care unit after a life-threatening Tylenol overdose presumed to be secondary to adjustment disorder. During the patient's hospitalization, she experienced anxiety, heart palpitations, tachycardia and diaphoresis. The psychiatric consultant, endocrinology consultant and inpatient psychiatry teams helped to diagnose Graves' disease, significantly changing her treatment and trajectory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576.e9-576.e10
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Graves' disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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