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Does behavioral therapy ease IBS symptoms?

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Behavioral therapy eased some IBS symptoms for most people -- and when they felt physically better, they also had fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2001. 

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." 

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jonathan Gilbert, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Mayo Clinic: "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD." 

Fadgyas-Stanculete M., Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, 2014. 

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 8, 2020

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2001. 

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." 

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jonathan Gilbert, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Mayo Clinic: "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD." 

Fadgyas-Stanculete M., Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, 2014. 

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 8, 2020

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