Psychotherapy may be effective for
people who have severe pain caused by
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Psychotherapy involves talking with a
mental health professional about emotional and psychological problems that may
trigger symptoms of IBS. Religious or spiritual advisers may offer similar
help. Family therapy and support groups also may help in the treatment of
Psychological treatment methods may be more effective
if used along with other treatments, such as diet modification, stress
reduction, and sometimes medicine. People with symptoms of IBS who may have
success with these treatments include people who have:1
People who do not think that psychological factors play a role in
triggering their symptoms may not respond to psychotherapy. Also, people
who have constipation and abdominal bloating as their main symptoms may not
respond to psychotherapy as well as those who have diarrhea and pain.
Tack J (2006). Irritable bowel syndrome. In MM Wolfe
et al., eds., Therapy of Digestive Disorders, 2nd ed.,
pp. 701–710. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
April 26, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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