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Is there a link between anxiety and changes in stools?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Oh yes

The same neurotransmiiters and receptors in the brain (serotonin, Dopamine and others) also occur in the gut.
Some people get loose stools with anxiety, or frequent stools, some get constipated (more common with depression); "butterflies in the stomach", being "scared -----" show the effects of mental state on gut function.

In brief: Oh yes

The same neurotransmiiters and receptors in the brain (serotonin, Dopamine and others) also occur in the gut.
Some people get loose stools with anxiety, or frequent stools, some get constipated (more common with depression); "butterflies in the stomach", being "scared -----" show the effects of mental state on gut function.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Christopher Michael
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Possible but

...You should first be thoroughly checked by a physician.
If all is well there, disturbances in bowels are a fairly common psycho-physiological reaction to stress. In addition, some medical conditions affecting the bowel can be aggravated by stress.

In brief: Possible but

...You should first be thoroughly checked by a physician.
If all is well there, disturbances in bowels are a fairly common psycho-physiological reaction to stress. In addition, some medical conditions affecting the bowel can be aggravated by stress.
Dr. Christopher Michael
Dr. Christopher Michael
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Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
Bowel symptoms are often associated with depression. Sometimes the difficulty is figuring out which caused which. It is surprising to many patients and physicians how prominently depression can figure in the physical pathology that we see in our patients and vice versa.
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