All of us can feel overwhelmed at times. However, in Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome the associated emotional and physical manifestations persist inappropriately, even after the adverse conditions have resolved. There is a good physiological reason why these people often suffer from inappropriate feelings of frustration, disappointment, discouragement, inadequacy, weakness, anger, irritability, hostility, defensiveness, moodiness, depression, anxiety, panicky feelings, selfishness, guilt, low self esteem, and feeling overwhelmed or out of control. They can even have more severe emotional problems, including difficulty in controlling one’s actions (which can erupt into inappropriate violent behavior and abuse).
Sufferers may tend to be on the selfish side because they have a pervasive feeling of not having enough resources for themselves, much less enough to make the lives of other people any better. They can be extremely short-suffering and feel that they are at the end of their rope. They can have severe mood swings, especially prior to the menstrual cycle. They can suffer from lack of motivation or ambition and find it difficult to accomplish even simple tasks, such as washing dishes, driving to the store, giving the kids a bath, or changing a diaper. They sometimes just can’t gather themselves up in order to scrape off a few plates after dinner, wash them, and put them on the shelf. They just can’t picture being able to go to the grocery store to pick up a few groceries or even take out the garbage. They sometimes tend to be cranky, abusive, stingy, critical, judgmental, and have a whole host of other exceedingly undesirable tendencies.
The patients know that their feelings and behavior are quite inappropriate. They often feel very frustrated, because in spite of their best efforts, there doesn’t seem to be much they can do to control these feelings, especially when the symptoms worsen during times of stress or just prior to the menstrual cycle. For instance, if someone drops a spoonful of oatmeal on the floor, the Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferer might very well go through the ceiling.
It’s often hard for them to find enjoyment in activities. They have a tendency to not feel like doing anything. They don’t feel like going to the beach, to the movies, or to the park. “There’s no sense in going to the beach because it’s not going to be any fun anyway.” They frequently can no longer find enjoyment in the things that they used to find quite interesting and enjoyable. For them molehills frequently seem like mountains.
Many patients I treat are concerned about their relationships with their children. Especially during difficult times, feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the actions of their children, the patients can often feel that they are at the end of their ropes. It can be very difficult, because although they have great love and concern for their children and want them to have the best, they so easily and quickly become impatient that they are concerned about what they might do in a moment of anger. They frequently walk in fear of those times, feeling guilt, and loss of control. The impact of this condition on society is enormous and can lead to dysfunctional family units, and less than ideal work-place performance.
Of course, we all have had these types of feelings at one time or another. But, there are times when people know intuitively that the emotions with which they struggle are inappropriate. It is especially obvious when the feelings disappear rapidly with normalization of body temperature patterns from proper thyroid hormone therapy.
One way normal people can imagine what it feels like to have a severe case of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is by imagining that they have lost their job, their home, their wife and family, have become paralyzed and unable to walk, and have had to move to another state where there are no family or friends. What’s so difficult is that Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferers may be troubled with such severe emotions persistently, even when the adverse conditions are long gone.
With the WT3 protocol patients sometimes use phrases like, “It feels as if someone has turned on a switch,” “It’s like looking through a new pair of glasses for the first time and seeing the world differently,” “It feels like a great burden has been lifted off my shoulders.” It is unlikely that the inappropriate feelings were completely psychological when the patients’ emotional manifestations resolve quickly, even within two days or two weeks of proper thyroid hormone therapy, especially when they have the same house, the same job, the same husband, the same children, the same family, the same parents, the same brothers and sisters, etc.
Many times one of the first things that happens to a patient with proper thyroid therapy, is that people around them (their husbands, their children, and their coworkers) notice that they seem nicer. They can be much more calm, resourceful, cooperative, patient, easily pleased, and less easily provoked. It is amazing how many of the feelings that we take for granted as being completely mental or psychological, can actually have a tremendous physical component. The real eye-opener comes when patients who have been suffering from debilitating, emotional problems, such as depression, anguish, sorrow, irritability, and confusion for years, have their symptoms resolve with proper thyroid therapy, even though their lifestyles and other factors haven’t changed at all. It makes one realize that the roller coaster emotional problems with which many of these patients must cope, can indeed have a physical basis and can be closely related to their body temperature patterns.
While this doesn’t explain all emotional problems, it certainly can explain some of them. This is especially true when a person’s feelings of inadequacy or other emotional problems can be traced, upon careful history taking, to a major life stress, and when these feelings resolve quickly with the WT3 protocol and there are no other changes in life style. Again, extremely obvious cases make more subtle cases easier to recognize.
When The Cause Is Not Immediately Obvious
We know that the emotions and the mental processes come from the brain, which is an organ made up of chemical (physical) processes. It can be argued that all that is emotional and mental is a result of that which is physical. Of course, neither I nor the patients who suffer from this condition are wanting Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferers to be given excuses, or to be patronized, legitimizing their falling short of their potential. To the contrary, they want to get better so that they can more fully realize their potential. These people don’t want to be sick so they can be excused from life. They want to be helped so that they can return to normal, productive lives. Of course, it is best for the tough to get going when the going gets tough, especially if they can. For example, not many people would encourage a marathon runner on the streets of a large city to get up and finish the race if they saw him struck by a car causing both his legs to be broken. But, if he is taken to the hospital and treated for his fractures and given proper support and nutrition for his legs to heal properly, some might encourage him to begin training again for the sport he loves so much. He might some day win the Boston Marathon.
Again, the difficulty with Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is that the impairment is not so obvious to outside observers. Once patients themselves and the people around them see the dramatic difference that can take place when a patient suffering from a classic case of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is properly treated, then it becomes more obvious to them that criticizing and condemning people with the inappropriate emotional manifestations of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is a little like criticizing a blind man for not being able to see. Perhaps only after you have been through the experience yourself can you easily recognize others around you suffering in the same way.
It must be remembered that the emotional manifestations of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome; short suffering, impatience, irritability, selfishness, and others, are not held by Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferers out of strength, but out of weakness and out of a lack of resources. People usually don’t try to be miserable for the fun of it.
Some people might think that if a person did have such a severe impairment, then it should be more physically obvious like the blindness of the blind man or the fractured legs of the marathoner. They might think, “You can’t be feeling that badly because you look fine.” It can be especially difficult for a Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferer when her doctor sees that her blood tests also look normal. Such patients sometimes get the feeling that their doctors think the tests are telling “the truth” and that they, the patients, are lying.