I Had IBS and Depression At 17
IBS and depression are common, but that doesn’t make it okay to dismiss the issue.
I remember the sun shining through my cozy little bedroom window.
The birds were chirping outside, the kids running home from the school bus.
The world did not stop turning for me, as the world did not care if I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
What a sucky concept to understand at the tender age of 17, when you feel as though the world should revolve around you.
Who knows, maybe IBS was a huge life lesson and a way for me to just GROW UP.
Why Depression Hit Me Early On
When you’re used to living your life a certain way and coming and going as you please, a major lifestyle change tends to be a disaster.
In the beginning you’re in shock, you have to suddenly change your whole life, a change you certainly didn’t plan for.
You feel like life is raining on your parade and it’s just not fair!
No, it’s not, but you have to suck it up, buttercup!
Suddenly, IBS meant a diet change, a schedule change and a quality of living adjustment.
My 17 year old self just didn’t have time for all of that, I had school, work and extra curricular activities. Oh! and friends!
I went from juggling all of those things to regularly missing all of those things.
I felt like I was ready for an old folks home and I hadn’t gotten to live much of my life.
Maybe that’s a little bit dramatic, but teens usually are that way.
I can’t say I’m proud of my teenage moments.
Depression is no joke and should be treated immediately.
IBS and depression can be handled much better with a health care professional involved.
Knowing that the cause is depression from IBS, the health care professional can better treat your illnesses.
While you take this step, I have some additional tips and advice to help during this time.
Handling Both IBS and Depression At Once
It’s like having two drastically different twins. Twice the fun all at once!
What I really mean is a massive wrecking ball of chaos coming at you from each side.
IBS alone is a tricky illness to navigate, we still don’t have all of the pieces to the puzzle.
Much of Irritable Bowel Syndrome remains a mystery, but you can find plenty of theories and research to back them up.
My best advice for the IBS side of things is to adjust your diet. This is the easiest and most effective way to treat IBS symptoms.
Depression should primarily be handled by your doctor, but there are so many amazing self help options to go along with that.
A Better Life Through an IBS Diet
The number one recommended diet across the board is the low FODMAP diet.
This IBS diet cuts out particular carbs that are thought to create IBS symptoms.
These FODMAP carbs are tough for the body to digest.
Many folks with Irritable Bowel Syndrome have found much improvement by following this specific diet.
Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach is a great resource that has helped so many.
The book outlines a plan for you and your new diet, making the change super easy.
Another Great Diet Option
The low residue diet is perfect if you have IBS-D (diarrhea).
This is a low fiber diet that will improve the way your body digests food.
Also a great resource for those that have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease.
The Low Residue Diet Cookbook features some awesome recipes that are so delicious, anyone can enjoy them!
Depression Self Help
The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Always seek professional help first, but you can also work through this on your own time as well.
The Depression Cure is a life-saver for many (literally!).
This is a great resource, especially for those against taking any medications.
Don’t let depression claim your life, stomp down on it with this awesome self help book!