Psychotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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 IBS.
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
- Diarrhea and pain as their main symptoms.
- IBS symptoms related to psychological triggers, such as depression, anxiety, or a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
People who do not think that psychological factors play a role in triggering their symptoms may not respond to psychotherapy. In addition, 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology|
|Last Revised||May 17, 2010|
Last Revised: May 17, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
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