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A 30-year-old male asked:

Is an anti-depressant recommended for antral gastritis if stress/anxiety/depression is determined to be the cause?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not directly: Stress, anxiety, and depression all have physiological effects -- including, in some people, gastric irritation/gastritis. An anti-depressant might well be recommended for the anxiety & depression (responses to "stress") -- hoping that other physiologic responses (the antral gastritis) will attenuate. So it's not a direct effect, but along w/others it could be a very potent intervention.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Possibly: In one study 60% of pts admitted to the hospital for GI complaints were found to have GI complaints--psychiatrists favored giving them antidepressants & just telling pts they were stomach meds but the GI docs opposed this saying the pts would look up the meds & want to know why they were given antidepressants!

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Last updated May 7, 2016

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