5 strategies for living life to the full with Celiac Disease and depression.

5 strategies for living life to the full with Celiac Disease and depression.

5 strategies for living life to the full with Celiac Disease and depression.

5 strategies for living life to the full with Celiac Disease and depression. Undiagnosed or untreated Celiac Disease can cause depression as poor absorption of vitamins, and minerals and mood-influencing foods can contribute to your feeling of well-being.

Finding that you are no longer allowed to eat your favorite foods, being on a restricted diet, and feeling left out when everyone else is tucking into food that is forbidden to you, can also make you feel depressed.

5 strategies for living life to the full with Celiac Disease and depression.

Every year approximately 9.5 percent of the American population suffers from depression.
Depression is a grave illness that affects day-to-day life and destroys families. It is a disorder that controls the mind and its functions causing loss of appetite, sleeplessness, mood swings, and a deep sense of despair.

The symptoms of depression are varied and the severity changes with time. And, according
to experts depression can be an inherited disorder, or caused by life-threatening illnesses, or stress. Other causes are certain diseases, medicines, drugs, alcohol, or mental illnesses.
Women are seen to experience depression more than men and this is attributed to hormonal swings, menstrual cycle changes, pregnancy, miscarriage, pre-menopause, and

Common symptoms are:

  1. An unshakeable sadness, anxiety, or emptiness.
  2. Overwhelming hopelessness accompanied by pessimistic feelings.
  3. Extreme guilt, feelings of helplessness, and no sense of self-worth.
  4. Loss of energy, a slowing down of metabolism, and activity levels. Being plagued by constant fatigue.
  5. A sense of helplessness along with an increasing inability to focus and indecisiveness.
  6. Loss of sound sleep and development of extreme insomnia.
  7. Inexplicable weight loss or weight gain. Triggered by loss of appetite or eating binges.
  8. Brooding and suicidal inclinations.
  9. Irritability, short temper, as well as restlessness.
  10. Physical afflictions like headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain for no particular reason.

If you experience any of the above along with a marked change in behavior do consult your doctor.

He will give you a thorough examination to rule out physical causes for depression as well as any underlying medical problems. Then if required he will recommend that you consult a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Take matters in hand and try and erase negativity from your mind. Cut out from your life terms like exhaustion, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Change your life by setting yourself a few goals. Try and relax, meditate, and enjoy music. Start new activities that absorb your time as well as interests.

Go out and meet people and participate in group activities. Avoid the company of negative people. Make up your mind to enjoy a movie, ballgame, family outing, picnic, or trek. Be positive, self-confident, and have faith in yourself.

Faith is itself a great healer. Decide to change your world for the better. However, do follow the doctor’s advice. Treatment can include antidepressant medicines, psychotherapy, as well as lifestyle changes. In extreme cases, electroconvulsive therapy or light therapy are prescribed.

If your depression escalates or you are suicidal seek help from your family physician or health care provider. Do call a local health department, a community mental health center, a hospital, or a clinic. Someone will extend a helping hand and talk you through the crisis.

5 strategies for living life to the full with Celiac Disease and depression.

Depression is a condition that affects about 15% of the population. Women are more likely to be affected than men.

It is quite common for people who have been diagnosed as having Coeliac Disease to find themselves feeling depressed and anxious. For many, there is a link between food and a sense of control over their lives. Celiacs are faced with something over which they feel no control.

A diagnosis of celiac disease, the restriction the new diet places upon you, and a sense of isolation created because you feel you are not able to join in with everyone else can bring on symptoms of depression.

You Are What You Eat

Poor absorption of vitamins and minerals can make the celiac sufferer feel unwell, feeling depressed can be a side effect of not having the correct balance of foods which affect your mood and have a significant impact on how you are feeling emotionally. For some of you simply sticking to a strict gluten-free diet will be enough.

Find A Helping Hand

For others outside help in the form of counseling and psychological support can be very helpful.

Get Into The Drivers Seat

Taking control of your life, finding alternatives to foods you previously enjoyed, and living with the celiac disease rather than letting the condition rule your life is the key. See it as an opportunity to take control of your life, to eat better, less processed food, less junk food.

A Positive Attitude Makes All The Difference

Consider your cup – is it half full or half empty? You are on a restricted diet but at least your condition can be completely controlled without resorting to drugs or surgery. Even a shopping trip can be an adventure rather than a drudge– what new gluten-free food can you find?

A Spirit Of Adventure

Discover yours! Try new things, take up new interests, and meet new people.

On a personal note, I have become much more adventurous since becoming a celiac – I’ll try anything once! I have extended my range of food; I can eat better and more healthily.

All of these strategies can make a huge difference to your state of mind and they are all within your grasp. Take control and get the most out of your life.



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