Depression and stress are two things very closely associated with IBD. From having to live with debilitating symptoms to the chemical swings brought on by certain medications, most people diagnosed with IBD go through stages of depression of some degree or another. You are not alone in feeling like this, and there are resources available to help you understand why you feel this way and how you can deal with it and get back to a more healthy , content state of mind.
Its important to identify the symptoms of Depression, as they can sometimes sneak up on you, they include things like
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Restlessness, irritability
There has been studies linking IBD to depression and anxiety, the conclusion of one of those studies found
In this large cohort of IBD patients, risk factors for anxiety and depression were severe and active disease and socioeconomic deprivation. Psychological interventions would be useful when these factors are identified.
This is incredibly important in helping you understand that, you are not alone in feeling this way about your disease and that it is in fact many of the factors involved in your disease that leads to you feeling this way!
It could help to read this study to give you some insight as to how and why you may be feeling this way, you can find it by clicking here!
Mobile App Support
The National Alliance on Mental Illness have released an App for android devices, you can get more information and where to download the app here
There are some resources for people to find online support from others who may be experiencing the same feelings as you.
One such resource is our closed Facebook support group, this group is a closed group meaning your other facebook friends wont see any of the discussions that go on in the group, you can join us here!
For Canadian patients, Crohns and Colitis Canada have a mentor program to connect you with available mentors who may be able to help you through your diagnosis or other problems you are experiencing.
Click here to read more and find a mentor.
For US patients, the CCFA has a monthly chat series you can join others in discussing the disease and various aspects of it like Diet, Medications and coping with your initial diagnosis.
Check out the dates and times here.
For local support groups the large IBD organizations have set up great pages to help you find one, I have linked to them below.
There are also some resources for you to call if you would like to speak to someone!
For people in the UK you can call the
Crohn’s and Colitis Support line
0845 130 3344 or 0121 737 9931
08457 90 90 90
For Americans you can call
National Alliance of Mental Illness
For Canadian Citizens you can call
In Ontario Mental Health helpline
The rest of Canada you can find your local helpline here from the
Canadian Mental Health Association