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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Celiac Disease and Depression
The news of Robin Williams's passing has brought the topic of depression front and center this week. Clearly Robin Williams suffered greatly and my heart goes out to his family and to his troubled soul. Depression is something that not many will openly talk about with anyone. It is uncomfortable to talk about it because many people are embarrassed and see depression as a weakness. Depression needs to be discussed, NOW, for tomorrow may be too late.

There is a link between Celiac Disease and Depression which is why I wanted to post about this today. I am not an expert but there are some websites I found that might be helpful to you if you believe you might have both Celiac and Depression. You are not crazy! The correlation between the two exists.

Here are the articles I have found:

Celiac Disease and Mental Health
Depression Common in Celiac Disease
Women with celiac disease suffer from depression, disordered eating
Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
Depressed? It May Be Celiac Disease
Gluten May Cause Depression in Subjects With Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity
Celiac Disease and Depression

I read a powerful quote by Robin Roberts in her book Everybody's Got Something a few months ago:
Seeing a therapist is not a sign of weakness but rather an acknowledgement that you don't have all the answers and you need help finding them.
This quote really stuck with me and I encourage anyone that is struggling to take that first step towards help. It could save your life. There is clearly a correlation between Celiac and Depression so please talk to your doctor, therapist, friend, family, religious leader, teacher, whoever will listen! It is ok to talk about Depression. You might be surprised who else you know and love is also struggling.

If you are depressed, please know there is help out there. You are not alone. The National Institute for Mental Health is a good resource and will give you some tips on how to seek help:

If you are suicidal, please seek help immediately at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.

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Anonymous Candice said...

Very important post that will hopefully help someone feel less alone. PS. I read Robin Roberts' book too this summer. So many great one liners.

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