Ulcerative Colitis and Anxiety

You may now know that I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis (UC) as well as Anxiety and Depression. I have been thinking more about the link between my Ulcerative Colitis and my Anxiety: For me the main challenge of Ulcerative Colitis, other than the discomfort, 10 plus visits to the loo every day and during an… Continue reading Ulcerative Colitis and Anxiety

Benefits for sufferers of Anxiety

The following benefits are available for those suffering from Anxiety, Depression and IBD, depending on individual circumstances. Click the item for relevant link to external site Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Work Related Group – Income based Housing Benefit Council Tax Benefit Carers Allowance Disabled Living Allowance Blue Badge Parking Scheme Mobility Scheme

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Young People Aged 16-29

NACC have established a team focusing particularly on young people aged between 16 and 29 who suffer with IBD. NACC’s has a new micro site for young people They are currently caring out a survey of young people aged 16-29 with IBD, finding out your thoughts on a number of topics such as medication, surgery,… Continue reading Inflammatory Bowel Disease Young People Aged 16-29

How I manage my Ulcerative Colitis

Things I do to manage my Ulcerative Colitis which is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): I have my Colitis ‘kit’ which I take out with me (spare underpants, baby wipes and couple of nappy sacks, in case of any accidents) Take my medication regularly Use the enema when I have an attack Try and drink lots… Continue reading How I manage my Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis

I was diagnosed in 2000 with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), which is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Ulcerative Colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the colon (large intestine), that includes characteristic ulcers, or open sores. The main symptom of active disease is usually constant diarrhea mixed with blood

Primary & Secondary care

Following a recent visit to the GP, I think I have a slightly better understanding of how care operates in the NHS, UK Initially a patient approaches their Doctor, our General Practitioner (GP) when we feel unwell. The GP can prescribe certain medication for mental health illness, including Citalopram which was prescribed to me initially… Continue reading Primary & Secondary care

SSRI’s & SNRI’s

Medication for Anxiety & Depression seems to fall into 2 groups: Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI’s) SSRI’s include Citalopram and are supposed to increase the level of serotonin in the brain which lifts mood, as people who are depressed produce less serotonin which is a neurotransmitter, that is it carries… Continue reading SSRI’s & SNRI’s

My Medication

My Medication for anxiety and depression is considered below, click on the image for more information from NHS UK about the drug Citalopram was initially prescribed and my dose was slowly increased to 40 mg per day. My health got worse, whether this was eased or exacerbated by the Citalopram is unknown, this prescription was… Continue reading My Medication