Psychological Factors

As with other chronic health conditions, psychological factors play an important role in the well-being of people living with coeliac disease. Feelings of stress, anxiety, or low mood can affect people of any age or walk of life. These feelings are not abnormal, however, psychological symptoms that are severe and/or persistent have the potential to spiral into a more serious psychological disorder.

A diagnosis of coeliac disease does not mean that you will experience or must live with severe or ongoing psychological distress.

Living with coeliac disease does, however, mean navigating an additional set of challenges related to adjusting to and/or maintaining a gluten-free diet. Managing your coeliac disease and your mental health go together. Research tells us that poorer mental health is generally associated with poorer gluten-free diet management. Conversely, the better your mental health, the more likely you are to be follow the gluten-free diet effectively.

It is important to remember that this is not a journey you have to take alone. There is a wealth of support available through mental health professionals, patient advocacy groups, coeliac/gluten-free social media communities, and close friends/family members.

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