From what I can gather, I have had Celiac disease all of my life. (I can never remember a time prior to my diagnosis that I did not have gastro-intestinal issues)
When I was very young, I was diagnosed with many different diseases and disorders that were actually symptoms of Celiac disease.
One of the disorders I was diagnosed with was Bi-polar Disorder.
I had the classic symptoms. I suffered through bouts of depression (sometimes feeling I was in the depths of despair) and moments of euphoria as well as a really “bad temper”.
When I was first diagnosed, they called it Manic Depression. I am not really sure when it became known as bi-polar disorder.
Bi-polar disorder can be a debilitating condition. As a matter of fact there are people on permanent medical disability assistance because they are Bi-polar.
Because Celiac disease is a neurological disease as well as an autoimmune disease, it is reasonable to connect Celiac and Bi-polar disorder.
I have read articles about children with behavioural problems that dissipated after starting to eat gluten free. I have also read articles about adults who were severely depressed (In some cases suicidal) who improved greatly after beginning to eat gluten free.
Since starting my gluten free lifestyle (I don’t like to call it a diet) I have had greatly reduced symptoms. My “mood swings” are within the norm. I still get a little depressed, but not so anyone else would notice. I still get angry but I can control my outbursts and when I am elated by anything, it is no longer over the top.
Does everyone who has Bi-polar disorder have Celiac disease? I doubt it very much. Bi-polar disorder can be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain due to other causes.
Does everyone who has Celiac disease have Bi-polar disorder? No.
Can Celiac disease cause symptoms similar to Bi-polar disorder? It did in my case.
If you want medical facts about these two issues, I suggest that you check the following sites:
If you believe that you could have Bi-polar disorder or Celiac disease, please see your health care professional for help.