Anxiety, depression prevalent in IBD patients
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease may also have undiagnosed anxiety and depression, according to a study by Charles Bernstein, MD, of the University of Manitoba in Canada. Researchers evaluated the prevalence of undiagnosed depression and anxiety by analyzing data from a cohort study of psychiatric comorbidity in immune-mediated disorders, including IBD. About a third of patients who met the criteria for depression were not previously diagnosed, and two-thirds of patients met the criteria for undiagnosed anxiety. Whether this is immune mediated, driven by symptoms, or true medical anxiety is not clear.