It's tough to deal with this illness and the psychological as well as physical toll. I dealt with it for 12 years until I was ready to give up and have surgery. Over the years I believe the symptoms help make me lose a few jobs and girlfriends, not to mention create lots of clean-up work. Depression and / or low red blood cell count was a problem for me too for most of the time I had this illness and can make UC worse. There are tons of neurotransmitters in the gut and there is even some research from Baylor University that shows that at least some neurotransmitters like GABA are made by Bifidobacterium dentium gut bacteria.
In retrospect I remember that the change of seasons often appeared to make my UC worse, depression made UC worse and / or UC made the depression worse. My GI doctors even told me that they had noticed a correlation between anxiety / depression and flares of UC. In any event it's not your fault that you are in the pace where you are at - and it can be very difficult to cope or try to think positively when things are messed up biologically. However there is a physical component to depression and there should be no shame in treating it just like any other illness. Treating this part will give you strength of will to do other things to improve if not ultimately resolve your condition.
The anti-depressant drug Bupropion could help a great deal - at least for depression and possibly for IBS-diarrhea and UC too. The gut part of this is something I first found out about
on this forum and then found some research studies and scattered case studies. Whey protein shakes can be very helpful too for stopping the bleeding both by providing raw material for the body to heal itself and L-Tyrosine can help the body produce more dopamine as well. Valerian root extract and / or GABA supplements could help too.
Even if you do not yet feel ready to try another part of the solution, FMT, you can at least try Bupropion and whey protein and / or prednisone. You'll just have to decide to weigh the costs and benefits for yourself and take the leap for yourself if you think the upside is worth it!
As trite as it may sound you have to find a way to see the good and think positively about
what it will be like to fully have your life back and be determined that you will make it happen.
Post Edited (FecalTransplantForUC) : 5/20/2014 1:00:36 PM (GMT-6)