Mental Health and Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

Learn about the brain-gut connection and the relationship between IBD and mental health. This presentation reviews the challenging impact of Crohn's and colitis on mental health, and tips for coping with anxiety and depression including pharmacological and psychological interventions. A brief overview of advancements in dietary and microbiome studies for mental health treatment is also provided. 


Dr. Rebecca Anglin, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscences and Medicine within the Division of Gastroenterology, Director of the Gastrointestinal Psychiatry Clinic at McMaster University. 



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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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