Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid and causes the overproduction of thyroid hormone. It also causes hyperthyroidism where the thyroid is essentially in hyperdrive. This study aimed to identify the effects of long-term emotional stress on the development of Graves’ disease. More specifically, it looked to see if this type of stress triggered the overabundance of thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulins (TSIs), the antibodies that attack the thyroid, causing growth and the production of too much thyroid hormone. The expected outcome is that that the participants that have not been officially diagnosed with the disease and experience the symptoms of hyperthyroidism will have elevated levels of T3 and T4; therefore, the overabundance of TSIs.
Soles, Andrea Leigh, "The Connection Between Emotional Stress and Developing Graves' Disease" (2019). Spring Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 49.