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Hello everyone. I was just wondering, does anyone know about the effect of celiac disease on seratonin levels? I know I've been addicted to wheat and sugar and also suffered from depression. I feel better since going gluten free, but I was just wondering because I know eating things your body rejects can give you a "high." Any thoughts?

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I do think that having celiac or gluten sensitivities or even only leaky gut syndrome could potentially be a root cause of depression or low serotonin levels. I was actually just looking into how amino acids can help our bodies (because of someone here who mentioned taking l-glutamine to help heal a leaky gut) and came across this article. I thought it was very interesting...it talks about our brain needing certain chemicals & how we can turn to certain drugs, alcohol or even food if we are deficient in these chemicals. If your gut isn't healthy, you might not be getting all the nutrients you need from your food & therefore are lacking in essential amino & fatty acids.

Click here for the article about food & mood


never dx Celiac

dx IBS whole life

gluten free 9/12/07

husband:

blood test results negative

dx psoriatic arthritis 2005

psoriasis since childhood

gluten free 9/14/07

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Hello everyone. I was just wondering, does anyone know about the effect of celiac disease on seratonin levels? I know I've been addicted to wheat and sugar and also suffered from depression. I feel better since going gluten free, but I was just wondering because I know eating things your body rejects can give you a "high." Any thoughts?

I know that celiac related depression and anxiety issues abound but I am not so sure about their relation to serotonin levels. I suspect that it is a different mechanism that is causing it because of the seriously bad effects many of us have when given drugs like SSRI's and other psychotropics. For some of us the drugs effects on the serotonin levels can make us much worse and lead to suicidal ideation and behaviors like cutting and even actual psychotic episodes. In my family the seizure meds were most effective with depressive and anxiety issues, leading me to be diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy. In other words it was the misfiring of electrical impulses that was causeing the problem not the serotonin levels. In myself this misfiring also lead to ataxia and progressive paralysis of my legs. All of those type of issues we had were gone when we had been gluten-free for a couple of months and only return when glutened.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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I think gluten was affecting my serotonin levels. I was taking an a/d and feeling better than I had ever felt in my whole life when I started the gluten-free diet. Within 2 days, I could tell the gluten-free diet was making me feel even better with mood/anxiety issues. But I also felt giddy and knew I needed to decrease my a/d. I think I had too much serotonin with the med and the diet. I tapered off the med as fast as I could and haven't needed it since. When I have been glutened, those problems come back.


Karen

gluten free 4/06

casein free 7/06

DQ1, DQ8

Daughter (11) gluten free 5/06, casein free 6/06

Daughter (9) gluten free 3/06, casein free 7/06, soy free, trying peanut free

vegetarian

gluten lite on and off since 1999

All dx'ed by Enterolab

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I am not sure how but I do agree that anxiety/depression IS linked to Celiac. After going gluten free my anxiety improved a little, though I've had it for too long as for it to completely go away, I have noticed that when I get glutened [which happened quite a few times at the beginning of the diet] I would have panic attacks much more often.

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Hi,

saw this online, and thought you might be interested. I'm a psychology student, with suspected coeliac disease, and a history of mood disorders, and thought i'd have a look into any correlations between serotonin levels and coeliac disease/other GI disorders. There is a large amount of serotonin activity in the gastro-intestinal tract- I think the amount of serotonin receptors in the gut are second only to the brain within the human body- hence looking into it. Anyway, found this journal article which suggests a link between mood disorders and gluten intolerance/coeliac in children and young people, copy and paste into your browser.

http://psy.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/43/4/331

cheers

Cat

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battled depression my whole life. I tried shrinks and med and dark chocolate and they only worked so far.

It took a few weeks but I became uncomfortably happy when Gluten free. I even asked my doctor if I was getting manic.

He asked me a few questions and said you are not ill you are normal. Seems I had forgotten what normal is.

My whole emotional core has changed. I tend to wake up happy, and laugh at things rather then get mad.

one more mile

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This link is very appropriate, "Psychosomatic".

best regards, lm


gluten-free 12-18-06

colonoscopy, upper GI
blood, urine, stool tests, prometheus panel
positive endoscopy/positive duodenal biopsies (severe villous atrophy, high intraepithelial lympocytes)
diagnosed celiac disease by Gastroenterologist Andrew R. Gottesman, 12-18-06

"Sobriety sucks. That's why they invented booze in the first place." Denis Leary - Rescue Me

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