Young IBD Patients at High Risk of Developing Anxiety, Depression, Researchers Say

Young IBD Patients at High Risk of Developing Anxiety, Depression, Researchers Say
Young people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — especially women and those with active disease — are at greater risk of developing anxiety and depression, a Dutch study shows. These results support the need for regular psychological screening in these vulnerable patients to treat these conditions early. The study, “Clinical disease activity is associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms in adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease,” was published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Patients with IBD, consisting mainly of those with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, have been found to have higher rates of depression and anxiety, compared to the general population. These emotional states greatly affect a person’s quality of life, and are often associated with poor treatment compliance in IBD patients. This is even more pronounced in young patients, who are at a phase of significant psychological, cognitive, and physical challenges. Young people with IBD were found to be particularly at risk for these psychological problems, with a reported frequency rate of 20‐50% for anxiety and and 25-40% for depression. IBD patients may enter a vicious cycle, where anxiety and/or depression can lead to intestinal inflammation and disease relapse, which in turn feeds those emotional problems. Therefore, it is important to identify IBD
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  1. Catherine says:

    Hello, I have just discovered your website and I would like to reach out and ask if I could possibly share my story of battling both IBD & Anxiety. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis around Nov 2015 and was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety with symptoms of Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety around late June 2017. I would like to share my story with other young people to help inspire and motivate others.

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