Remember having tummy aches as a child when you were upset? Children with chronic stomach pain may actually be suffering from anxiety and depression.
Scores of children and adolescents — nearly one in four — have chronic stomach pain, writes researcher John V. Campo, MD, with the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
This is no coincidence that we feel anxiety in our guts BUT the real question is; is the gut actually causing the anxiety. So many important brain chemicals that help normalize our moods are made in the gut. While cognitive therapy and antidepressants that increase brain chemicals can be effective treatments for depression, these treatments don’t work for more than a third of depressed patients and for many the drugs become less effective the longer they are on them. More recent theories of depression suggest that an imbalance in gut microbiota and dysfunction in the axis connecting the gut and the brain may be involved.
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