Researchers from the University of Exeter are studying the relationship between IBD symptoms and the...

Researchers from the University of Exeter are studying the relationship between IBD symptoms and the development of depression.

After studying 120 study participants, it was found that 68 participants had Crohn’s disease and 49 had ulcerative colitis. Of these patients, 35 had active disease and 26 had depression. Those who had depression were more likely to be female, lacked social support, had active disease, and were taking corticosteroids, but not TNF-alpha inhibitors, while exhibiting less positive emotional recognition bias.

More research is needed to fully understand the link. The findings from this study have been published in the journal Neurogastroenterology & Motility.

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