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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can stress and thinking too much cause digestive problems?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Absolutely: The digestive system is very sensitive to stress in many people. From top to bottom, symptoms can include nausea, lack of appetite, stomach pains, stomach gurgling, diarrhea or constipation. It's best to manage the stress itself; in the meantime you might try over-the-counter digestive aids like pepto-bismol. See a doctor if symptoms are severe or persist.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Symptoms: The mind and body are actually one -- not separate. So worry, stress, and overthinking can easily be accompanied by digestive problems because the gut and emotions are richly interwoven. The process of mental worry affects your entire system, not only your digestion. Consider other examples like tension headaches, shortness of breath, skin problems, and heart palpitations also.

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What are some common causes of digestive problems related to stress?

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Causes: Your response to stress can affect your nervous system which in turn influence the way your digestion works through the vagus nerve and endocrine changes.
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Can stress cause any health problems?

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Yes: Many diseases can be caused or aggravated by stress. Some are: heart attacks/ headaches/ anxiety/ ibs etc.

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