Patients Ulcerative colitis
Has ulcerative colitis affected your mental health?
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I've been living with UC for 5 year and my case is mild and I feel so bad for people who have it worse and daily life is a struggle but what I have found the hardest is how the gut and the mind interact and I've had aniexty but wow has it exploded these past 5 years, anyone else?
Hello @Acenters126, thank you for opening this discussion. Like you mention, studies have suggested that there is a strong relationship between the gut and the brain, and the physiological symptoms of UC appear to contribute to psychological symptoms and vice versa.
Have any of you seen your UC impact your mental health? Have you noticed that you feel more anxious or depressed? Or has your mental health affected your UC? How do you deal with it?
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
Yeah I noticed my mental health go more downhill over the years I've had this. Being anxious makes the UC worse, and then the UC makes my anxiety worse. I ended up starting therapy for it which helped.
I'm new to this (diagnosed yesterday) so I'm not sure how much what I can say counts, but I'm already feeling the anxiety of having to carry this disease for the rest of my life. This is such a burden to carry.... I'm not sure how to get through it.
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