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Patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease demonstrate increased risk for psychiatric illnesses

Individuals with ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn disease (CD) are more likely to have depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease, including UC and CD, have been shown to be at increased risk for psychiatric illnesses, although most previous studies have had limited patient populations. The researchers retrospectively reviewed a large commercial database of information collected between 2013 and 2019 to better define the epidemiology of several psychiatric illnesses (depression, anxiety, bipolar […]

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Your wellbeing matters

Posted: October 15 2019

The brain and gut are in constant conversation through a network of neural, hormonal and immunological messages and if you are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), these lines of communication are disturbed. It can be overwhelming and a bit stressful to start the conversation with your healthcare professional about how you’re feeling – but it […]

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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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