Posts Tagged ‘depression’

 

Christie Bessinger

Mental Health and Celiac Disease

January 27th, 2015 by Christie Bessinger


If you've ever lived with undiagnosed Celiac Disease - chances are you've been to a psychologist at one time or another.  Perhaps your doctor told you that you had severe depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, or simply that it was "all in your head." Believe me - I've been there, done that. I had even convinced myself as an undergrad in psychology, that with all the knowledge I was gaining, I would not only be able to fix my own problems, but that I'd some day be able to help everyone else fix their problems too. I would become so mentally tough that nothing could conquer me. The problem was -something was wrong ... and it wasn't really in my head. No amount of "positive thinking" could get me out of what I was going through. I didn't want to be depressed - and yet I had depression. I didn't want to feel anxiety, didn't have any reason to be anxious - and yet, I had anxiety all the time. I knew who I was - but when I looked in the mirror, I wasn't that person. Something else was going on- and it was beyond my control.

During my time as a psych student, I had begun to realize that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mood, energy level, and overall happiness. I started paying close attention to what I was eating and how I would feel afterwards - which eventually led me to walk into my doctors office and ask for a blood test for Celiac Disease. When I finally got some answers - I thought, "Wow, no wonder I felt horrible at school all the time" because I would eat a Gordita or Mexican Pizza just about every day on the way to class at our campus Taco Bell. (Just for the record, Gluten + addicting Taco Bell cheese opiates = not a good combo ;) I began to truly understand that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mind. (The GUT-BRAIN connection).  (more…)


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Teri Gruss, MS

The Neurological Symptoms of Gluten

October 4th, 2012 by Teri Gruss, MS

Our terrific Guide to Celiac Disease, Jane Anderson has been exploring the neurological effects of gluten on celiacs and those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. (more…)