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Do stress relief techniques affectively treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D)?

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The link between stress and IBS is complicated. Stress and related issues like anxiety and depression don’t cause IBS, but they can make symptoms like diarrhea worse. That’s why it’s important to try to find effective ways to manage your mood.

Exercise can help you feel better and improve the way your bowel functions, too. Massage, yoga, hypnotherapy, and forms of talk therapy can help with stress, which may lessen your symptoms.

From: What Is IBS-D? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Canavan, C. , 2014. Clinical Epidemiology

Cleveland Clinic: "IBS."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Similarities and Differences."

FDA: "FDA Approves Two New Therapies to Treat IBS-D."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "IBS With Diarrhea," "What Is the Relationship of Stress to IBS?"

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet."

Arun Swaminath, MD, gastroenterologist, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Canavan, C. , 2014. Clinical Epidemiology

Cleveland Clinic: "IBS."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Similarities and Differences."

FDA: "FDA Approves Two New Therapies to Treat IBS-D."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "IBS With Diarrhea," "What Is the Relationship of Stress to IBS?"

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet."

Arun Swaminath, MD, gastroenterologist, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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