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  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression and Anxiety [Eastern J Med]
Eastern J Med. 2017; 22(3): 125-129 | DOI: 10.5505/ejm.2017.08208  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression and Anxiety

Cafer Alhan1, Aslıhan Okan2
1Department Of Psikiyatri, The Ministry Of Health, Health Sciences University, Van Training And Research Hospital, Van, Turkey
2Department Of Psikiyatri, Dicle University, School Of Medical, Diyarbakır, Turkey

The relationship between psychiatric disorders and irritable bowel syndrome has been known for a long time. Although Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common functional bowel disease associated with psychiatric disorders, its pathophysiology is not fully elucidated. Brain and bowel set up a bidirectional communication over the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and hypothalamic - pituitary - adrenal (HPA) axis. In a significant number of patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety disorders meet IBS criteria.

Keywords: Functional bowel disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, psychiatric disorders


Cafer Alhan, Aslıhan Okan. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression and Anxiety. Eastern J Med. 2017; 22(3): 125-129

Corresponding Author: Cafer Alhan, Türkiye


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