Gluten intolerance or Celiac disease is a condition wherein a substance called “gluten”, a protein substance form wheat, oats and rye causes great damage to the small intestines resulting to gluten intolerance symptoms. These symptoms may vary at certain ages causing personality changes as well.
Children with gluten intolerance (Celiac disease) may manifest symptoms such as irritability, being cranky, unable to concentrate, difficulties with memory function and mental alertness. The same symptoms might also be present in some teens and adults. Studies often show that removal of gluten from the diet prevents neuro-psychiatric symptoms which include mood changes, depression as well as irritability.
Why is this so? Recent studies revealed that when a person with the Celiac disorder is exposed to gluten, antibodies are produced. These antibodies would in turn attack your intestines causing it to be damaged. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter found in your intestines. This neurotransmitter contributes to the feelings of human beings and explains why certain personality disorders arise as a result of Celiac disease.
Parents whose child is having gluten intolerance must take into consideration some things. First, they must reduce the expectancies in learning. They must lengthen their patience as they teach their child new lessons. Following explicit directions might also be a problem. And so, doing it step by step might be of great help.
For teens with gluten intolerance, a strict gluten free diet is the key to prevent psychiatric symptoms. Support systems such as family and friends must be aware of the situation so that they would understand if such symptoms are manifested.
Abide with the number one rule in gluten intolerance. Stick with your diet! Be careful not to take anything with gluten. Take charge of your every action and in the end, you will see the big difference within yourself primarily with your behavior.