Doctor Lebedeva: Clostridia may be to blame for depression and outbursts of aggression. How to find them?

Gastroenterologist Dilyara Lebedeva said that bacteria living in the intestines can control not only digestion, but also mood. We'll talk about clostridia.

— Here's a fact: clostridia are real manipulators of our mood. These microbes can cause everything from depression to violent outbursts. They affect the metabolism of neurotransmitters – chemicals that “control” our brain, the doctor wrote in her blog.

How to detect them? You should not wait for obvious symptoms, Lebedeva warned. It is important to carry out tests regularly:

  • CMS blood test according to Osipov
  • Feces for dysbiosis
  • Urine for organic acids.

What happens when “unfriendly” bacteria appear?

— If the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the body are abnormal, the brain may be constantly stimulated. This makes it difficult to concentrate and can cause outbursts of aggression and even depression, the doctor noted.

Symptoms associated with infections caused by clostridia may vary depending on the specific type of clostridia and the location of the infection. 

Some common symptoms:

Botulism (caused by Clostridium botulinum):

  • Muscle weakness and paralysis
  • Difficulty swallowing and speaking
  • Dilated pupils and vision problems
  • Food poisoning such as canned food or honey

Tetanus (caused by Clostridium tetani):< br>

  • Muscle cramps and spasms
  • Neck and back stiffness
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • /ul>Intestinal infection (due to Clostridium difficile):
    • Diarrhea (often with blood or mucus)
    • Abdominal pain
    • < li>Fever and fever

    • Loss of appetite and weight

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    Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

    Dilyara Lebedeva Dilyara Lebedeva Medicine gastroenterologist