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Hypothyroidism and me (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 10 sep 2012


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Hypothyroidism is a chronic illness caused by the underproduction of the hormone that controls the body's metabolism. This book gives an unusual insight into the many facets of hypothyroidism. Løhre, who is both a teacher and psychologist, has written a personal and colorful narrative that describes the progress of the illness, its symptoms and treatment. Some of the symptoms can call to mind functional difficulties associated with head injuries or ADD (Attention Deficiency Disorder). This applies especially to the problems with concentration and memory, as well as to the rigidity and susceptibility to emotional ups and downs. The hypersensitivity to sound and light has a certain similarity to autistic patterns of reaction. The book also recounts conditions that are basic in all chronic illness: anger about being ill, discouragement, grief and, lastly, reorientation and adaptation. In addition, questions about the period of restitution, degree of recovery and possible complications are discussed. Both professionals and those affected by hypothyroidism, directly or indirectly, will find this book useful. For professionals and students, it is a valuable supplement to already existing literature. The author's close-up of her experience with hypothyroidism should inspire more research in this field.

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Audhild Løhre was born in 1951 and grew up on the countryside in Lundamo close to Trondheim, Norway. After studies in Trondheim and Oslo, she started to work in Surnadal, first with mentally disabled and later as a school psychologist. Audhild Løhre got the diagnoses hypothyroidism at the age of 38. The disease strongly influenced her life. In spite of the prescribed thyroxin the progress was slow and she was fully or partly out of work for some years. Living with her husband and their three children in quiet surroundings she gradually regained capacities and secretly began to write about her experiences. Professionally, Audhild Løhre continued to work with children and adolescents at the community level until she started academic studies again. In 2011 she completed a PhD and now works as a researcher at the university in Trondheim, NTNU. Audhild Løhre has also participated as a volunteer speaker and expert advisor in the Norwegian Thyroid Organization for many years.

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