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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Can Celiac Cause Severe Neurological Problems?
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Hi, not to discount the very important and serious neurological problems i have briefly seen on this board caused by celia, but im wondering if celiac can cause severe depression and anxiety.

I have celiac and no problems apart from fatigue and a bit of 'brain fog' but my brother has had severe depression and anxiety problems since he was a small child and has been in and out of hospital for them for years. I was just wondering if celiac can cause that type of extreme neurological problems? he has not been tested as yet (he isnt the most compliant of people!).

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In my opinion YES it can!! I have develeped several phobias, and avoidance personality disorder and even some paranoid personality disorder because of my Celiac. I can't say that for sure, but now that I look back it all makes sence. One of the major symptoms of Celiac is IRRITABILITY (to the point of mood changes and behavioral changes) that tells me that most of my phobias are a result of fears from having an attack!! I also have a sleep disorder and am now wondering if I aquired that as a result of my Celiac Disease. If I go gluten free and feel better could I possibly end up with no sleep disorder? Interesting question don't you think ;-)!!

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Yes, especially the type of gluten intolerance that doesn't cause the villi to flatten (and doctors often won't take you serious if you don't have obvious gut damage) will cause neurological damage instead. It has been proven many times over that celiac disease can cause depression, anxiety, mood changes, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and even schizophrenia (just to name a few of the many problems gluten can cause).

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YES, YES, & YES... I was telling a doctor friend recently that I do not think that there is a person that is celiac or gluten sensitive that is not depressed on some level, before going on the gluten-free diet which has helped me a lot... depression is one of the main symptoms along with a lot of other stuff, and a lot of people have no symptoms or only one or two.

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Check out The Gluten File link in my signature. There's a lot there on neurological disorders, depression and anxiety and gluten sensitivity.

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severe depression for years and severe anxiety disorder were just a couple of my symptoms. I kept being sent to psychiatrists who in turn said I didn't need to be there... (counseling didn't do the trick, meds didn't do the trick) the only thing that helped was getting gluten out of my diet and the lifelong battle with depression and anxiety lifted... (I still get it in small doses especially if accidentally glutened but for the most part I'm now depression free)... oh and seizure free too.

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Definately. I had panic attacks dating back about 20 years. I haven't had one since going gluten-free, but I still have anxiety which is much worse and is coupled with paranoia and moodiness when glutened.

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