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Are anxiety and depression linked to IBS?

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Some doctors think that the stress of handling IBS symptoms can be tough on your mental health. It could also be that your emotions affect hormones and nerves that can impact the activity of your gut. It’s not clear what the link is, but for many people, IBS goes hand-in-hand with depression and anxiety.

What can you do about it? Your doctor might talk to you about taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs. You might also find relief from talking to a therapist about how you’re feeling and learning to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

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NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

SOURCES:

NIH: “Celiac disease,” “Lactose Intolerance.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Treatments.”

The Celiac Support Association: “Treatment of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Related Disorders: Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”

O’Leary C. , 2002. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dukowicz A. 2007. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NY),

The American College of Gastroenterology: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Other frequently asked questions about IBS.”

Parrish, C. 2008. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #64,

Yang J. 2014. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “The Association of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Ghoshal. U. , 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology

Ek, M. 2015. BMC Women's Health,

Lakhan, S. and Kirchgessner, A. 2010. Nutrition & Metabolism,

Lee, Y. , 2015. PLoS One

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

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