289.gluten and clinical depression Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes part 2

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from andy i on 2007-03-29

Hi Peter, your (1) seems to make sense and is well supported elsewhere. But for (2) can that really be the cause of the "more frequent and more severe depression symptoms" found in the research we are referring to?

Another piece of formal research I found said that "In some cases, however, the more serious depressive episodes have appeared following the commencement of a gluten-free diet. Mechanisms involved have remained unclear." -- https://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=555756

My personal guess would be that the sudden change in body chemistry (even though it's ultimately for the better) could be what triggers depression in these cases - After all, if you've been celiac for years and untreated, perhaps you've even built-up some resistence to the toxin - then your system is going to get quite a jolt if gluten suddenly disappears.

Whatever the real reasons, the important info here is that anybody going on to a gluten-free diet would seem to have some significant risk of depression as a result and should probably be aware of that. That said, if somebody actually *expects* to get depressed then no doubt they'll prove themselves right!

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from Peter on 2007-03-29

Another well documented route to depression is that removing wheat from the diet can cause marked withdrawal symptoms. An addiction or craving for wheat has often been noted. These would be expected to subside with time on a gluten free diet.

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from Kate on 2007-04-25

I always felt that I had withdrawel symptoms when I first stopped eating gluten, but no one would believe me. Thank you for mentioning this.


Re: gluten and clinical depression: from caroline thompson on 2007-05-01

i feel like I am going mad! but i feel reassured at reading that we are not alone in this situation. my son now 5 was diagnosed with coeliacs 3 years ago he was so ill that his liver stopped working , he has recovered with just having a gluten free diet. my family , friends and i all see a pattern, which the doctors do not seem to believe. my sons behaviour and mood is effected badly if he accidently has gluten. his normal 5 year old tantrums are magnified and when he is upset he is unconsolable, then we have 'hyper' child. i have 2 other children so i have had to deal with all sorts of behaviour and know this is not right. Are there any other sufferers who feel like this? his school accidently gave him some chocolate cake a week ago and he has just gone back to school today after having a week of diaorrhea. he was an hour late because he got upset about a trivial thing and was unconsolable. I am alone in this or are their other people who have these problems?

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from Jody on 2007-05-23

Hi Caroline your little boys symtoms are very similar to mine and it is awful i feel so tiered, upset very cranky after accidently eating the wrong thing my symptoms of diaorrhea take three days to start i can feel it moving through my stomach the day before i feel awful , my sister and mother vomit within two hours or less , i really dont think peole realise the damage one piece of cake can do i really feel sorry for your lkittle boy his concentration would also be affected at school so really take note of all he is saying and how he feels because you honestly dont feel good at all and mine lasts a week almost in a depressive state its awful.


Re: gluten and clinical depression: from Marian on 2007-08-03

My Daughter has a history of severe depression over many years, also juvenile onset migraine and is often sick or feeling nauseaus. Anti depressants have never helped. Her Dad is a coeliac, could she have it too?

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from Peter on 2007-08-03

Any close family member of someone diagnosed as Coeliac who displays symptoms that can be caused by exposure to gluten should be suspected of having the same condition.

In your daughter's case, these symptoms indicate the possibility that gluten is the cause of these problems. Note the need for getting her doctor to do the blood tests and any endoscopy before she starts a gluten-free diet.

Once these test have been done she should try a gluten-free diet whatever the outcome of the tests.

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from m on 2008-09-30

Sounds like your cortisol excretion is out of whack!

I had the same problem. Going off gluten helped a lot but I still had the sleeping problems, due to weakened adrenals (which happened because my body was fighting the gluten). Try googling for "adrenal fatique", this should help you

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from joan on 2009-02-23

hi i have very bad sleep problem .i can fall asleep watching tv but when i go to bed wide awake has well has cealiac i was just diagnosed in dec i have anxiety due to losing my sister best wishes joan

Re: gluten and clinical depression: from Sharon MacDiarmid on 2010-01-11

I have read that often people who have celiac disease also have sentitivites to foods like corn, fructose, dairy, yeast, soya and I've found all of these affect me in some way. Maybe you're eating more of something now and that is causing the depression