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13 Surprising Causes of Constipation

What causes constipation? Well, the obvious culprits include a low fiber diet, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go, not drinking enough water, or a lack of exercise. Here are 13 possible causes of constipation you may not have considered.
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Depression

Ironically, the very condition that antidepressants are meant to treat—depression—can also cause constipation.

Like hypothyroidism, depression causes a general slowdown of the body’s normal processes, which can also affect the bowel.

People with irritable bowel syndrome, which can be closely linked to depression, are also prone to constipation, Dr. Park says.

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