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Bidirectional associations between depression/anxiety and bowel disease in a population based cohort
  1. Carsten Leue1,
  2. Jim van Os1,5,
  3. Jan Neeleman2,
  4. Ron de Graaf3,
  5. Wilma Vollebergh3,
  6. R W Stockbrügger4
  1. 1Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, South Limburg Mental Health Research and Teaching Network, EURON, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
  2. 2Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands
  3. 3The Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Trimbos Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands
  4. 4Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
  5. 5Division of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor J van Os
 Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, PO Box 616 (DRT 10), 6200 Maastricht, Netherlands;

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