Does Candida Die Off Cause Depression? My Personal Story

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If you haven’t already, take some time and read my story.

During my long illness, one of the symptoms that I had faced was depression.

I never had depression before. I was always a pretty happy individual that loved life and enjoyed each day. I tried to make the best out of every circumstance that came my way.

When I was sick, all of that changed.

Does candida die off cause depression? My short answer is yes. I’m going to dig into the why and how in just a moment.

A Turn of Events

My happy-go-lucky personality turned into a depressed, sad individual in just days. I never wanted to be around others and found my days and nights in bed all alone.

It was a drag. 

Let’s take a look at the specifics of candida die off and why candida may be causing your depression.

Why Does Candida Cause Depression?

Our brain and gut are intimately connected. When our gut isn’t healthy, it often means that our mind is affected by it.

When we have candida or when candida begins to die it affects the balance of our bodies and potentially can cause a host of problems.

When we have a die-off from candida, it spreads 180 different types of toxins into our bloodstream which messes with our brain’s chemicals. These toxins are known to cause so many issues including: mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

When I was at the pinnacle of my illness, I remember being sad and having no reason or idea why. My doctor couldn’t explain my problem and decided to try to solve it by giving me medication. I am never against a doctor prescribing medications for illnesses, and I am definitely not a doctor. I just knew that I didn’t need those meds because I always felt there was something bigger going on.

My depression was real. Even though I had never experienced depression before, I knew what it was. I went from being happy-go-lucky to being sick and depressed rather quickly.

I would spend days in my room just staring out a window and getting lost in my thoughts. Sometimes my thoughts were dark and distorted, and it was so hard to break through.

Also, I would have brain fog. Brain fog is when you find it difficult to think or concentrate.

The brain fog began to impact my everyday life. I would feel disconnected and spaced out. 

Today, I am convinced that candida was the reason I was facing depression and the other issues with my mind.

My body was under attack, and I didn’t know it.

Candida and Panic Attacks

As my depression would get worse, there was one night that it entered a whole new level.

I was having a shower and was feeling terrible. My entire family was away that night, and I was home alone. I was frustrated that I was still sick and even more frustrated that I couldn’t go away with my family.

As I sat in the shower and considered how I was feeling, I wondered if I would ever get better. I thought that I was dying, and the doctors didn’t even know or care. All of a sudden, completely out of the blue, I started to shake uncontrollably. I did everything in my ability to calm myself, but my body wasn’t going to be tamed that night.

I fell to my knees as I couldn’t hold myself up any longer; I was shaking, weak and freaking out.

It wasn’t until later that I realized that I had a panic attack. This was actually the first time in my life that I had ever experienced a panic attack, and I wasn’t a big fan.

Remember, at that time I didn’t know I even had candida. Now, I believe that the candida (I was having a die off at that time) was the source of the panic attack.

It really scared me.

After everything was over, I went back into my bedroom to stare out the window again.

This was my life for months.

Anytime someone tells me that candida cannot cause emotional problems, I simply laugh at them. I went from someone that loved life and was always trying to make people laugh, to laying in bed all day not wanting to leave.

Something was messing with my mind – I’m convinced it was candida.

Several studies link candida with panic attacks and anxiety. Several doctors will agree that candida can mess with a person’s brain and cause depression and more.

This isn’t something uncommon, and if you’re dealing with depression or anxiety and also have digestive problems in the past or present, I encourage you to get tested for candida. It may come back negative, but it’s important to know the enemy before we start to attack.

How Do You Deal With Candida and Depression

If you’re like me, and have candida and are dealing with several emotional side-effects, you may want to follow these steps to deal correctly with your depression caused by candida. I wrote them down on a piece a paper one night because they helped me (snap) out of the rut that I was in.

Don’t Be Alone

When I was depressed, one of the things that helped me break my depression was being around others.

I had some pretty awesome friends that supported me and would come and visit with me. A good laugh was great medicine for me.

If I had my way, I would sit in my room all night and stare out a window.

Getting outside and being with other people was what I needed and what you’re going to need as well.

Get outside. Be with other people.

I would often go for walks in the evenings. I lie not; I would walk for hours all by myself. It was good exercise for me, and it also allowed me to spend some time in the sunshine – which is essential.

Don’t Forget the Root

You need to remember that candida is the root of the problem. We can’t forget that we need to be fighting to kill the candida so that we can heal our gut and bring the correct balance back to our bodies again.

Often with candida, people will focus on treating the symptoms and not fight the source of our problem.

Absorb the Toxins

Try using some supplements that will absorb the toxins and lower the die-off effects of candida.

I recommend that you try using activated charcoal for example (you can check out prices on Amazon here). Activated charcoal is known for absorbing the free radicals within our bodies that interfere with the balance of our bodies.

Get Enough Sleep

Make sure that you get lots of sleep.

Sleep allows our bodies to heal but also is vital for the rejuvenating and repairing of the liver with is used to filter the toxins from our bodies.

Sleep does more than you think and it’s so important to make sure that your body gets the rest that it needs.

You need to remember that you are at war with candida. While at war, rest is a great way that we can fight back.


I began this post with a question, does candida die off cause depression? It does. Candida is a nasty foe and causes such a wide variety of symptoms that it’s hard to list all of them.

Candida also affects our entire body, and its seemly broad symptoms can have us running in another direction looking for answers.

My advice for you is to start with a simple candida cleanse and stop eating sugars and carbs.

This is a fight that 80% of the population is in. Most of the people that have candida, either don’t know it or know very little about the enemy within them. 

Take one day at a time and begin to slowly heal your gut. Read more posts on this website and together we can fight candida. 


  1. Thank you for this! I am in the first week of a Candida/SIBO cleanse and the depression has hit HARD. I’ll just power through and practice tons of self care.

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