I have been a member of this very helpful forum since August. I am now depression free and I am spreading the word about my gluten sensitivity. I am aware that this may not apply to everyone reading this, but it may apply to some and hopefully may help someone. The medical community agree that a gluten-free diet is not dangerous, but as a disclaimer I would recommend you consult a doctor before trying any radical changes to your diet. Although most doctors are very helpful, some doctors are unaware of the link between gluten and depression.
I had depression, panic attacks, scary racing thoughts and high anxiety every day. Once I cut out gluten, within two days I had no more depression and hugely decreased scary thoughts, but I have included a list of the usual physical symptoms of a gluten sensitivity. If anything sounds like you, you could consider cutting gluten 100% of your diet for 2-4 weeks to see if any symptoms improve. You may not see an improvement if it is not 100%.
I had no physical symptoms whatsoever. I was tested before for food allergies and gluten did not show up, but since cutting it out of my diet, my depression has gone. I am now keeping a food diary and I have noticed the depression or anxiety is triggered after I eat corn, eggs, rice and tomatoes.
I found 'the gluten doctors blog' very helpful. It is a clinic run by doctors which use a blog to allow people to ask questions that regard gluten sensitivities. Also, for some people cutting out gluten needs to be accompanied by cutting out dairy in order to see any improvement.
I had a test for food allergies before and gluten did not show up. Certain doctors have acknowledged that this can be a common problem. I had no physical symptoms of a gluten sensitivity.
Here is a list of some of the common physical Symptoms of a gluten sensitivity:
Mouth Sores (canker sores)
Cracks in Corners of Lips
Tooth Enamel Defects or Discoloration
Frequent Indigestion, Malodorous frequent gas, Smelly light coloured or floating stools.
Constant Constipation or diarrohea
Mood swings (feeling down after eating, feel better when you havenít eaten)
Severe depression, anxiety, irritability, compulsive behaviour, schizophrenia symptoms and other mental disorders.
Bone or Joint Pain, (Aching Joints)
Skin Rashes (eczema, psoriasis, boils)
Tingling or numbness in arms and legs
Balance problems, uncoordinated walking
Weight Changes (Sudden gain or loss of weight)
Here is a list of ceoliac symptoms, this is a much more dangerous disease, which if you suspect you are suffering from, please see your doctor as soon as possible:
Symptoms of Celiac disease
Nausea, constipation, bloating, diarrohea, wind, heartburn,
Rapid Weight Loss
Has been linked to constant cystitis, infertility, autism, autoimmune diseases, frequent headaches and psoriasis.