Inflammatory bowel disease is strongly associated with symptoms of depression, according to a number of studies, including this NIH-published study from July 2017. Research has shown that people show signs of depression upon feeling symptoms of Crone’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both before and after IBD diagnosis. Although getting a specific diagnosis provides an emotional lift to some, effective treatment to control the symptoms makes the most difference in quality of life.
The IBD/depression connection is logical since the pain and lack of control that patients endure with IBD often cause them to begin avoiding social situations and losing the social support that humans need. This can results in a vicious cycle, where physical symptoms cause depression and depression make physical symptoms more difficult to alleviate. If you’re experiencing depression related to IBD, there are proven steps you can take to improve your quality of life.
If you need help to cope with Crohn’s disease or another type of IBD, or if a friend or family member is suffering, try the following steps to better physical and mental health:
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