Depression Increases Risk Of Crohn's Disease Flare-ups

Depression Increases Risk Of Crohn's Disease Flare-ups
For patients living with Crohn’s disease, feelings and thoughts associated with depression are linked to an increased presence of elevated disease activity (exacerbations), according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week 2014.  The study is based on data from CCFA Partners, a groundbreaking research initiative sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA).

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“Our study suggests that feelings of sadness and thoughts of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness can affect the risk of disease flares, in people with Crohn’s disease,” comments lead author Lawrence S. Gaines, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  “For these patients, what they think about themselves may be related to a very real medical outcome.”