Depression and celiac disease - should you worry?
These feelings are natural when you are first told you have celiac disease. In fact, if I am truthful, they can even persist, on occasion, for many years! It isn't a type of depression that tablets can cure. Its more a form of self pity and longing for what should have been, if your body had not let you down.
Eventually feelings of relief may surface. Knowing, at last, what is wrong can help you to look forward to a healthier future. Even better is the realization that the treatment doesn't include needles or surgery, just a change of diet.
In time you may even come to feel acceptance of what life has dealt you. Especially when the gluten free diet has had time to work and you are feeling a hundred times better than you have ever felt before!
Gradually you may even think of the condition as an adventure.
It can be a challenge to come up with exciting, tasty food that is safe to eat. You can chalk up imaginary points when you serve a totally gluten free meal to unsuspecting guests and they enjoy it and ask for the recipe.
You can extend the range of food you eat to include mysterious and exotic ingredients that you may never have considered BC (before celiac).
Of course you will inevitably feel sad, and perhaps deprived, on occasion. But you will learn to cope and understand that depression and celiac disease do not need to go together.