It has been well documented that children (As well as some adults) have a higher incidence of behavioural disorders such as depression, obsessional neurosis, and schizophrenia.
Depression might not necessarily look like sadness. It can manifest itself as anger outbursts, anxiety, constant eating or not eating enough or it can cause the patient to become introverted.
Obsessional neurosis is a psychological disorder with a pervasive pattern of inflexible perfectionism which begins by early adulthood as indicated by many of the following symptoms: an unattainable perfectionism with overly strict standards which often make it impossible to complete a task; preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or scheduling to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost; unreasonable insistence that others submit to exactly his or her way of doing things; an unnecessary, excessive devotion to work and productivity to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships; rumination to the point of indecisiveness; (6) over conscientiousness about matters of morality, ethics, or values; (7) restricted expression of affection; (8) lack of generosity in giving time, money, or gifts when no personal gain is likely to result; and (9) an inability to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value.*
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness characterized by a disintegration of the process of thinking, of contact with reality, and of emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction.**
Other behavioural symptoms include such things as an inability to concentrate (Brain fog) or, as in my case, temporary loss of memory. If you read my story, you will see that I had moments where I didn’t know where I didn’t recognise my surroundings or people that I actually knew. This went on for over a year prior to my diagnosis and I have had no such issues since starting my gluten free life.
In an article I recently read, the author, Jefferson Adams, stated “- A team of researchers based at UK’s prospective University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) have found a link between gluten and schizophrenia. According to their latest findings, proteins found in the gluten of wheat, rye and barley might play a role in triggering schizophrenia in people with a genetic risk for the condition, or in worsening symptoms in people who have the disease.”
Because there can be diminished blood flow to the brain in Celiac patients, it stands to reason that it can actually damage the brain or inhibit the brain functions.
If your child has behavioural problems, it is recommended that they be checked for Celiac disease. As with anything else medical, you should consult your health care professional.
*Definition from biology online www.biologyonline.org/dictionary/Obsessional_neurosis
** Definition from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia
Other sites to check:
www.celiac.com (Tons of great articles there)