The Link Between Major Depressive Disorder and Leaky Gut Syndrome

When a child is diagnosed with Autism, the symptoms that they experience can be extremely diverse. Some of them even mimic other conditions. Such is the case with Depression and Autism. Many autistic children seem to have sudden mood swings, extrmeme feelings of “lowness”, or decreased appetite. All symptoms of depressions.

It is now being said that people who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) should be tested for Leaky Gut, which, as we’ve mentioned before, is extremely common in people with Autism.

Children with Autism often have gastrointestinal problems.  These problems include gastritis, esophagitis, inflammatory markers at the gut lining, gut lymphatic system hyperplasia, increased intestinal permeability, abnormal gut microbiota findings, increased enzyme secretion, and carbohydrate malabsorption.  Indeed, autistic children with severe gastrointestinal symptoms are more likely to have severe autistic symptoms (via).

Leaky Gut Syndrome itself causes the intestinal immune system to produce chemicals that spread inflammation through the body. It’s the immune system that is supposed to send out defenses to attack bad things in our bodies. You can image the damage that can happen when the “fighting system” is the one spreading the problems.

One of the contributing factors being studied is that depression and other mental conditions may increase the production of the same oxidants that cause damage to the wall of the small intestine. It’s because of this that people who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder should also be tested for Leaky Gut syndrome.

How to Be Tested for Leaky Gut Syndrome: 

We offer our Leaky Gut test (only in the USA) in which Dr. Wong will send you a test and will analyze the results. The cost of the test includes the test itself, the shipping, the analyzing of the test, and a custom report from Dr. Wong on the results.

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