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Serotonin and anti-depressants can have a major effect on the gut’s microbiota

Posted: September 11 2019

Serotonin — a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger that sends messages among cells — serves many functions in the human body, including playing a role in emotions and happiness. An estimated 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut, where it influences gut immunity. The team — led by senior author Elaine Hsiao and […]

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Kids with gut problems need mental health support

Childhood-onset IBD tends to have an even more severe disease course and longer duration than IBD diagnosed in adulthood.

We found that individuals with childhood-onset IBD were at increased risk of any psychiatric disorder and suicide attempt, including several categories of psychiatric disorders. Most of this association remained significant when comparing individuals with IBD with their siblings without IBD, thus accounting for environmental and genetic factors shared within siblings.  Our findings confirm and further […]

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Crippling anxiety, Crohn’s disease and utter despair (audio)

Posted: June 28 2019

Breaking Badly; How I Worried Myself Sick is her story. Georgie Dent has a candid chat with ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas in the Drawing Room. Listen to interview at https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drawingroom/georgie-dent/11229030

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Neural alterations in regions involved in cognitive and affective functions among Crohn’s disease patients

Evidence suggests that the disease may affect the mental state by altering the motor, sensory systems causing psychological stress.

Crohn’s disease (CD), one of the main phenotypes of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract1, secretory gastrointestinal function and the immune system as well as increasing the intestinal permeability2. There is also evidence suggesting that the disease may affect the mental state by altering the motor, sensory systems causing […]

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Perseverance toward life goals can fend off depression and anxiety

People who don't give up on their goals and who have a positive outlook appear to have less anxiety and depression

“Perseverance cultivates a sense of purposefulness that can create resilience against or decrease current levels of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder,” said Nur Hani Zainal, MS, from The Pennsylvania State University and lead author of the study. “Looking on the bright side of unfortunate events has the same effect because people […]

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Personal Story

How the Expectation for Men to Be Tough Affected My Crohn’s Disease

Posted: March 22 2019

Boys are tough; boys don’t cry; boys play football. Pain is not something a boy experiences unless he is mortally wounded. Tough it out. Another child of many millions growing up with a gendered brain. Afraid of myself, my own emotions. Afraid of expressing weakness and pain. We’ve shamed the admittance of pain and idolized […]

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Why Thousands of People Are Sharing Their Ostomy Bags on Social Media

Posted: February 21 2019

It’s in honor of Seven Bridges, a young boy who died by suicide. “You’re a freak!” “What’s wrong with you?”“You’re not normal.” These are all things kids with disabilities might hear at school and on the playground. According to research, children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. […]

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Diet and Clear-Mindedness Affects Psychosocial Needs in IBD Patients

Posted: February 14 2019

Among 10 different psychosocial needs, diet and a lack of clear-mindedness were the ones most patients with inflammatory bowel disease felt were affected by their disease, a study reports. The study, “An Exploratory Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Psychosocial Factors Affecting Health-Related Quality of Life,” was published in Medical Sciences. Although previous studies have shown that […]

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Stoma products inspired by body art, tattoos and lingerie

Posted: January 22 2019

Stephanie Monty, an entrepreneur from the University of Birmingham’s BizzInn business incubator, has been awarded £310k by Innovate UK.  Inspired by seeing close family members suffering from the devastating effects of Crohn’s disease, she set up her company, Ostique, to develop a new range of stylish stoma products that are beautiful as well as functional. […]

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Women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Are at Greater Risk of Mental Illness Postpartum

Posted: January 22 2019

A study published in the journal Gut shows that women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at greater risk of developing a mental illness after giving birth compared to the overall population. Study authors found that more than one-fifth of pregnant women with IBD had a new-onset mental health diagnosis. “There’s increasing awareness about mental […]

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