People who practiced thinking positively using CBT reduced their IBS symptoms, anxiety, and negative thoughts and improved their quality of life compared to people who practiced stress management exercises.7
Hypnosis. Hypnosis has also been shown to help with IBS symptoms.6
Other psychological treatments that are sometimes used for IBS include relaxation therapy, meditation, and biofeedback.
People who have IBS are more likely than people without the condition to have depression, panic disorder, or other psychological conditions.1 Acknowledging these factors may help you and your doctor successfully manage your condition.