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Is depression tied to IBS?

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As far as scientists know, irritable bowel syndrome doesn't cause depression, and depression doesn’t cause IBS. But for many people, the two go together. Sometimes, one condition can make the other one worse. It can be a frustrating cycle.

At the same time, treatments that usually relieve the mood disorder can help some people with their IBS symptoms, too. They can give you even more options to consider when you’re looking for relief.

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. , 2001.  J. Clin Psychiatry

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." 

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jonathan Gilbert, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Mayo Clinic: "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD." 

Fadgyas-Stanculete M., , 2014.  Journal of Molecular Psychiatry

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. , 2001.  J. Clin Psychiatry

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." 

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jonathan Gilbert, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Mayo Clinic: "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD." 

Fadgyas-Stanculete M., , 2014.  Journal of Molecular Psychiatry

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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