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Jane Anderson

Can Gluten Cause Anxiety?

By March 12, 2014

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I got an email from a reader recently, asking if it's possible for celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity to cause anxiety symptoms and panic attacks. The short answer is yes: both celiac and gluten sensitivity are associated with symptoms of anxiety, and anecdotal reports link both to panic attacks, as well.

It's not entirely clear why people get these symptoms -- researchers don't really know, although speculation ranges from a problem with nutritional deficiencies to a possible direct effect by gluten on your brain.

Learn what we know about gluten-induced anxiety -- and potentially get some tips on how to alleviate it -- in my article Gluten and Anxiety. If you're interested, there's also more information on other neurological conditions associated with gluten ingestion in Gluten and Depression and Gluten and Brain Fog.

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November 12, 2013 at 8:12 am
(1) bryan says:

Well, the first time I had a major attack they put me on xanax but it messed with my head really badly and I had memory issues. My discharge papers noted that while medicated by it I had little to no acknowledgement of externally inflicted bodily harm/pain. What I do remember is waking up the next day with a swollen ankle and multiple bruises that hurry like hell from walking into things or just letting the car door close on me.
Later, someone recommended me this treatment, and Iím very grateful with it, i can go anywhere i want without problem, no anxiety, no panic attacks, i’m a new person.

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