What Causes Depression: Links Between Depression and the Health of the Gut

What causes depression

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We’ve written about the gut-brain axis and anxiety, ADHD and autism. In this week’s article on the gut-brain axis, we address depression and the gut. The gut and the brain are linked by the “gut-brain axis”, which regulates brain function and behavior (Chunlong Mu, 2016). For a full explanation of the gut-brain axis, please see our first article on anxiety and the gut.

The gut-brain axis plays a critical role in many neurological disorders. It affects neuropsychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and dementia (Kim YK, 2018), as well as neurodevelopmental disorders in children including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual developmental disorder, motor disorders, and specific learning disorders (EPA, 2015)

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