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Jefferson Adams posted an article in Depression and Celiac DiseaseCeliac.com 04/10/2018 - Celiac disease is a multi-system disorder with manifestations that may result in psychiatric disorders. Does that mean that celiac disease patients are more likely to take psychotropic drugs than other gastrointestinal patients? A team of researchers recently set out to assess the prevalence of medication use to treat psychiatric disorders in celiac disease patients compared to other gastrointestinal patients. The research team included Haley M. Zylberberg, Jonas F. Ludvigsson, Peter H. R. Green, and Benjamin Lebwohl. They are variously affiliated with the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, Department of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA; the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; the Department of Pediatrics, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA; and with the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York, NY, USA. For their cross-sectional study, the team compiled data on patients undergoing esophago-gastroduodenoscopy over 9-years at a celiac disease referral center. They then compared rates of psychotropic medication use among 1,293 celiac disease patients to a control group of 1,401 patients with abdominal pain or reflux. Average patient age was 48.4 years, nearly 70% were female, and 22.7% used some sort of psychotropic medication. Overall, the team found no difference between rates of psychotropic medication use among celiac disease patients compared to control subjects. However, they did find that people with celiac disease were more likely to use antidepressants. This was confirmed using both univariate and multivariate analysis. Psychotropic medication use was not connected with either the duration or mode of presentation of celiac disease. So, even though the data show that celiac disease patients may use more antidepressants, they use psychotropic medications at similar rates as those with other gastrointestinal diseases. From these data, the study team suggests that researchers should try to assess whether people with celiac disease suffer from mood disorders that are not treated with medications. Source: BMC Psychiatry. 2018; 18: 76. Published online 2018 Mar 27. doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1668-0
Hey Everyone, I'm 23 and was diagnosed in October, have been gluten-free since March (because I never "got sick" my doctor told me to minimize gluten and not get rid of it until much much later in March). February of this last year I had anxiety attacks on a daily basis, couldn't go to work, etc. OBGYN switched my BC pill and also put me on Paxil. Paxil made me INSANE-it was like I was constantly having an anxiety attack inside my head, but there was no sound for my inner freak-out. And then once my GI Dr. told me to get rid of gluten entirely, my OBGYN took me off all meds, BC pills and Paxil. 2 months go by and I feel great! Even my period comes and I don't notice it coming since before my PMS was insane. I thought I had found the cure! Then i get diagnosed with mild herpes that my dr thinks wont ever come back, but it sends my anxiety through the roof, which then throws my body for a loop. Can't eat, can't sleep, etc. Finally go out with my friends, but eat out all weekend, come home sick for a few days which triggers my anxiety. Just spent the last week on a new BC pill and coincidentally (or not) got bad diarrhea all week, and spent today in the ER. Got a Cat scan, blood work, etc. no issues. I started seeing a new therapist in June who has helped, but now all my doctors really want me to be on antidepressants like Buspar or Librax to help cope with BOTH anxiety and my GI issues while I heal. Has anyone dealt with something like this? What did you do? Is it possible to take these meds for a few months while the body heals and then stop taking it? I really really want to try to avoid an SSRI since I had such a bad reaction to Paxil. I've heard GABA is a great vitamin for anxiety, and I've been taking it every day, do any of you take vitamins or natural supplements for this? How long did it take where both your body and mind were normal and linked? Was Also told to try acupuncture, anyone do that? Right now I'm overwhelmed by how many options I have in front of me, please let me know if any of this has helped or hurt you in your healing process. I don't know what normal is for my body anymore, some days I'm nauseous all day, other days I'm ravenous, some days my poop is normal, other days it's the big D. Everything that is different is scaring me right now, and unfortunately, EVERYTHING is different while I heal. Would appreciate all and any advice.