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i am new to this BB..but not new to IBS!You have already given me some new insights-particularly into depression...as I alwaysassumed I was an anxiety "person"curious: how many of you/us have any of thesein our history?kleptomaniapanic attackmoderate obsession with cleanliness/germslike to control situationshave a mate who does not "meet" your expectations...yet you care for themset high levels of expectation for yourselfare critical of others-particularly thosethat are rudefeelings hurt easily...and dwell on thisI read that all the above can relate toseritonin levels..and it has a lot to do withthe gut.any feedback?
 

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Jeanne: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/004419.html See this post to understand how serotonin works in the gut, which is differently than how it affects the brain. Or why IBS serotonin levels are not related to those of a person who might be depressed or anxious.In my experience, you can go around in circles trying to figure out "common factors" that cause IBS. I, for instance, am a perfect slob! Also, there are 29 different kinds of IBS.
 

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thanks! us new kids on the BB blockprobably should take the time to read wayback....it was very informative...amazingthat my own physician and 3 differentGI specialists I have seen never even mentionsome of the things I have read here...since I found this board, I sneak in timesto visit and learn at work..so it is justlaziness that has me asking questions thatsome of you have probably hashed over fora long timeI am desperate for help and info/thanks again!
 

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I was diagnosed about 5 years ago with depression caused by low serotonin levels in the brain. Up until this time I could relate to most of the conditions you listed. I started Proazc with no side effects and it has been a God-send to me. I am completely different person now. I am a 52/male.------------------Speedy
 

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I can say yes to all of the above, except kleptomania and being critical. I have too much empathy for others to steal from them, as well as being rigid to a fault about obeying the law. Please don't take this as a judgment, since I understand that kleptomania is not a moral weakness, but a complex social/psychological problem. (I had a good friend in high school who was an abused child and had a compulsion to steal. I'd go anywhere with her except a store!) As far as being critical of others, I generally cut others way too much slack. I'm only demanding of myself. Have gotten a lot better about taking criticism, unless it's justified, then I'll beat myself up for hours for saying something stupid or acting irresponsibly. When you say these problems are related to serotonin, do you mean that a lack of it cause low self-esteem, which leads to these behaviors?
 

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hi- thanks for replies....i am not remembering the information I read wellenough to know if it is too much or toolittle seritonin..just that it was correlated with these things and IBS...and since mymain problem is D-I assume I have toomuch seritonin (right?) Way back when Ifirst started reading on this, and startedwith books on anxiety..maybe 10 years agowhen IBS really was considered a neurotictype condition only (by most), more than onceI read a common denomiator about maritalrelationships and anxiety/digestive problems.More recently, some of the other things Ilisted. I used to do klepto kinds of thingsinto my 20's..when IBS started. Have notas an older adult at all...but feel temptedat times. I was amazed to read of a correlation. Anyhow, I'm rambling. Thanksagainj
 

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Jeanne, you're right. Do a search on Serotonin. And I guess you read my post on the new news about Glaxo from The Wall Street Journal. By the way, I've been meaning to ask you, but it seems so trival -- why do your posts always go vertically? They're a little harder to read than horizontal ones. Something about the margins?
 
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