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Celiac And Anxiety?


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#1 S<3

 
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 02:33 PM

Can Celiac disease cause anxiety? I've been trying to figure out if they trigger each other, But i'm still not sure. Any advice would be extremly helpful!! Thanks (:
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:25 PM

Can Celiac disease cause anxiety? I've been trying to figure out if they trigger each other, But i'm still not sure. Any advice would be extremly helpful!! Thanks (:



Absolutely! Besides speaking from personal experience (its one of my number one difficulties with gluten, as well as migraines etc.), it has been shown by various studies to be a very common complaint for those who have celiac or severe gluten intolerance--this and a whole bunch of other neurological disorders that often create psychological as well as nervous system problems. Lactose and Casein can also be contributing factors. Theoretically a very high percentage of those with autism, schizophrenia and ADD have severe gluten intolerance. For myself it also contributed to a racing heart.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:58 PM

I get anxious too when I'm glutened. Also a lot of celiacs are vitamin B12 deficient, which causes depression and anxiety.
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:04 PM

Celiac disease runs in my family, as I also have it and it definitely can trigger anxiety. I overly sensitive to gluten but when i ingest it i get HORRIBLE anxiety. It can also affect your mood and many other symptoms besides just the regular gi ones. So i know how you feel the anxiety factor but the only way to keep it under control is being gluten-free unfortunately. However, I go to freeda.com to get my vitamins and they have a glycine powder that helps with anxiety and I have found that to help somewhat.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 09:43 AM

gluten actually reduces the blood flow to the brain, so it's like your engine isn't firing on all cylinders. brain fog, anxiety, 'depression', ect... all make sense when you consider this.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:02 AM

I freak out like a banchee in a hurricane when I eat gluten.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:20 AM

gluten actually reduces the blood flow to the brain, so it's like your engine isn't firing on all cylinders. brain fog, anxiety, 'depression', ect... all make sense when you consider this.

Do you have a reference for that one? Kind of curious as I haven't seen anything like that in the literature I've been reading.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:23 AM

Anxiety became one of my worst symptoms in the year before diagnosis. I had anxiety attacks all day long for no reason. After only 2 days gluten free they went away after suffering for a year! Now if I get glutened anxiety is my first symptom.

I could care less what the literature says. The lit is wrong so much of the time. Many of us on here have anxiety due to celiac.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 01:12 PM

I suffered greatly with anxiety before going gluten-free. I dealt with it for years--panic attacks, too. I have been on the diet for over 5 years, and still get anxious when glutened. It's one of the first symptoms--and the last to go.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 01:51 PM

I could care less what the literature says. The lit is wrong so much of the time. Many of us on here have anxiety due to celiac.

So where do you go for accurate information? The National Enquirer? :lol: The lit is not wrong much of the time. It does tend to be over-interpreted and/or mis-interpreted by non-scientists. Small or poorly designed studies can get an awful lot of press. The bigger problem is that areas of inquiry are too limited by funding issues that arise from the realities of working within a capitalist framework.

I was just curious about the "reduced blood flow" bit. Sounds interesting.

Oh - and I totally have both anxiety and depression due to celiac. I'm not questioning that at all!
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:58 PM

I was getting some intense anxiety, especially when I was experiencing any pains associated with my intolerance. My GP gave me xanax... well, actually, the cheap imitation version of it, which unluckily for me, contained GLUTEN. Awesome. Needless to say, he's no longer my GP.
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trying to figure this whole thing out...

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 03:07 PM

My anxiety has decreased about 80% since going gluten-free. Two and a half years ago, I'd quit my job, couldn't drive due to blacking out from anxiety in my car, had problems going to public places like grocery stores, and I was pretty much agoraphobic and depressed.

Took a few months (last year) of trying different medications to get me to the point where I could function in society again.

I have all but done away with my anti-depressants as well. Before if I skipped a dose, it was noticeable, now I got 2-3 days before realizing I've forgotten. Next appointment with my GP, I'll be discussing getting off them altogether :)
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:36 AM

Oh don't get me started on celiac + anxiety :P

Started having panic attacks out of the blue at the beginning of the year. The trigger was bad food poisoning, but I've been there before and never have I had *panic attacks* over feeling sick! Not a single attack since I went gluten-free, and it's definately a sign I've been accidently glutened when I start getting anxious again for no reason - usually I hunt through all my food for the past few days and find the source. <_<
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#14 S<3

 
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:51 PM

Thanks so much for your help! I was diagnosed with severe anxiety that caused my life to completely change, but since I was diagnosed with Celiac and have been gluten free I haven't had one episode. I'm so glad to know the anxiety can be controlled!
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:41 AM

gluten actually reduces the blood flow to the brain, so it's like your engine isn't firing on all cylinders. brain fog, anxiety, 'depression', ect... all make sense when you consider this.


This also makes sense of the terrible anxiety that comes with detox!
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