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Psychotherapy may work well for people who have severe pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
It involves talking with a mental health professional about emotional and psychological problems that may trigger symptoms of IBS. Religious or spiritual advisers may also offer help. Family therapy and support groups also may help in the treatment of IBS.
Psychological treatment methods may work better if used along with other treatments. These include diet modification, stress reduction, and sometimes medicine. These treatments are likely to work best in people who have:footnote 1
People who do not have psychological triggers may not respond to psychotherapy. Also, people who have constipation and belly bloating as their main symptoms may not respond to psychotherapy as well as those who have diarrhea and pain.
CitationsTack J (2006). Irritable bowel syndrome. In MM Wolfe et al., eds., Therapy of Digestive Disorders, 2nd ed., pp. 701-710. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 5, 2017
Current as of: May 5, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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