Can depression be caused by food sensitivity?

By janewince Latest Activity November 3, 2017 at 12:31 am Views 1,601 Replies 3


Hey!! I'm suffering from irritable bowel symptom. It's pretty hard as my tummy growls after eating and drinking anything. I have been eating only porridge and egg for the past few weeks. This is affecting my mood badly. I can't hang around with my friends because of this irritable bowel syndrome. I'm under depression because of these and I don't know what to do. I have consulted many doctors and has taken medications but there is no change in my situation.
Recently I read an article in which they say depression is one of the symptoms of food sensitivity. Also, they have mentioned by avoiding or limiting certain foods can improve overall digestive health. My mom asked me to undergo food sensitivity test from a clinic in Toronto ( ). She said that this test can help in identifying the food that causes trouble for me. What's the relation between food sensitivity and depression? Has anyone here with depression suffer from food sensitivity? Does any food cause depression? Please share your wisdom regarding this. Thanks!

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  • Dr GaryCA November 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm   

    Hi janewince, it's great to meet you. I am glad you are here. I am a therapist, but not a physician, so I have to say I don't know if there is a connection between food allergies and depression. However, many of my clients are living with chronic health conditions like IBS. And what I have learned from them is that the challenges of living with a chronic condition can affect you emotionally. From what you described in your first paragraph, it sounds like your IBS is affecting your mood. The symptoms of IBS, the medications, the lifestyle impact, can all leave you feeling sad, frustrated, angry. These feelings can be associated with depression. I am wondering if you ever talked to your doctor about your emotions, he/she may have some ideas. Also, getting some counseling can help. A mental health professional can give you the opportunity to vent, but also to learn some additional coping skills. I really encourage you to consider connecting with a mental health professional. You are not alone, my friend. I hope you will stay in touch with us. Let us know how you're doing.

  • voyancedirect
    voyancedirect November 13, 2017 at 12:03 am   

    Yeah I agree with you Clemenheart.

  • Clementheart
    Clementheart November 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm   

    This is something that I haven't researched a lot, but would like to. I have found that I feel so much better (like significantly) when I cut way down on sugary treats. Actually, the difference in cutting most of the refined sugar out of my diet was incredible… if only I had the self control right now to do it again! I recommend trying the sensitivity test to see if it gives you some helpful information. Fingers crossed that you will be able to get to the bottom of it! Best wishes to you!

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