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Adolescents with Celiac Disease have Higher Prevalence of Mental Disorders

Psychosomatics 45:325-335, August 2004

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Celiac.com 07/30/2004 - Past studies have reported a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms in adults with celiac disease, perhaps due to serotonergic dysfunction, and an increased prevalence of depressive and disruptive behavioral disorders in adolescence with the disease, especially before treatment. In an effort to further study any possible connections, researchers looked at 29 adolescents with celiac disease and 29 matched controls. The researchers used semi-structured psychiatric interviews and symptom measurement scales to examine all subjects. Their findings indicate that the subjects with celiac disease had significantly higher prevalence of major depressive disorder compared to the controls--31% versus 7%, and a significantly higher prevalence of disruptive behavior disorders--28% versus 3%. The researchers also found that most of the mental disorders occurred before the patients were diagnosed and treated with a gluten-free diet. The prevalence of current mental disorders was similar in both of the groups studied.

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darlene
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28 Jun 2008 7:52:24 PM PDT
My son is 13 and has experienced awful rages for over a year. He has been gluten free for about 9 months. We still fight depression.

 
Kim Castleberry
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17 Jul 2008 6:51:46 PM PDT
I have been diagnosed and gluten free for four years. I still fight depression when I don't take vitamins. Celiac sufferers need to supplement, because we are deficient in several important vitamins such as zinc, magnesium and folic acid.




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