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Crohn’s Disease Flare-up Risk May Increase with Depression

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Crohn’s disease causes chronic inflammation of the intestines. Not only does this affect the person on a physical level, it can lead to emotional problems as well. And now a new study finds a connection between depression and flare-ups.

The study involved 3,150 patients with Crohn’s disease who completed an online questionnaire. The questionnaire addressed different areas, such as treatment and the disease’s impact upon their lives.

To arrive at a score for depression, the questionnaire asked about frequency of feelings. Examples included how often the person felt hopeless, sad or helpless. Those who scored higher had a 50 percent increased risk of flare-ups a year later.

The study then accounted for other risk factors. Yet the connection between depression and flare-ups remained the same. While the results are preliminary and certainly interesting, the study doesn’t show a cause and effect.

Flare-ups can result in severe pain, loss of appetite, fever and diarrhea. Although uncomfortable, sufferers usually must carry on with daily life. But for some it becomes unbearable. Severe flare-ups may require surgery, sometimes more than once.

Social Security Administration (SSA) does not allow for disability benefits based on Crohn’s disease. But when symptoms are disabling, it’s possible to secure benefits another way.

Conditions that fall under inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease, can qualify if the individual is unable to work. There must be proof that the symptoms make it impossible to perform current work or other types of work.

Another way to qualify is when an individual receives an IBD diagnosis, accompanied by another complication. One example is when the disease has resulted in significant weight loss. Another complication is when there’s a bowel obstruction.

To learn more about your right to disability benefits if diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or any other disabling condition, contact a representative. At Disability Help Group, we can help individuals pursue disability benefits to which they’re entitled: 1-(800)-800-3332.