"In addition to depression and anxiety, emotional responses to living with a chronic illness can include denial of your disease, the need for dependence or dependent behaviors, feeling overwhelmed, and having a poor self-image. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can also emotionally affect your family and friends.

If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please do not hesitate to reach out for help by calling 911, going to the closest emergency room, or calling the suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE."


1. https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/mental-health