Rates of depression are high among people with inflammatory bowel disease or IBD.
Scientists assessed rates of anxiety and mood disorders in more than 350 patients with clearly established IBD, compared with nearly 800 similar people surveyed in the same region, and with general populations in the United States and New Zealand. Compared with the general populations, IBD patients had higher rates of panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and major depression.
However, IBD patients were less likely to have social anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder than the general population.
* Reuters September 4, 2008