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What Comes First — the Psychological Disorder or the Gastrointestinal Disorder?


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What Comes First — the Psychological Disorder or the Gastrointestinal Disorder?

2358  GI Tract - Kristine Novak

More patients receive a diagnosis of a mood or anxiety disorder before diagnosis of a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID), researchers report in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings indicate opportunities for prevention and support the role of adverse socioeconomic factors in development of FGIDs in patients with psychological disorders.

Functional gut conditions are not associated with any identifiable pathology, but have been associated with anxiety and depression. Understanding the interactions between brain and gastrointestinal disorders requires analysis of the order of disease onset.

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Interesting article. But in my opinion they are missing the point. We are not just a brain and a body. We also have other essential dimensions including emotions, energy, experiences, beliefs, all of which influence our behaviour and how we react mentally and physically to a situation. 

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There are a group of research physicians who are both Gastroenterologists and Psychologists that have spent over 20 years researching and practicing around this topic. There is definitely some evidence to support it.

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