This has to be one of the weirdest side effects of depression that I’ve ever heard of, but it’s obviously a thing because they’ve done research into it!
“Chronic constipation often accompanies depression,” reads an article published on Medical News Today.
According to the report, around one-third of all depression sufferers also battle with constipation, therefore, “reducing the perceived quality of life of these individuals.”
It’s believed that serotonin (sometimes called the happy chemical) plays a part in the blockage, as many people with depression are thought to have lower levels of the neurotransmitter which also features in the gastrointestinal system.
A new slow-release drug called 5-HTP (essentially an amino acid) is being trialled on mice with some success.
“The idea that we may be able to use slow-release 5-HTP to treat conditions that require the development of new neurons in the gut may open a whole new avenue of treatment,” explained study lead Dr. Kara Gross Margolis.