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How can mental health experts help treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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There's a strong link between your mental health and the health of your gut. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other strong emotions trigger IBS for some people. So you may get help from therapists, such as:

Common treatments that a therapist can help with include:

  • Behavioral therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of talk therapy, which can help you change your behavior by understanding the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  • Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, which can teach you how to relax your body
  • Psychodynamic therapy, talk therapy that looks at how your emotions affect IBS.

From: Meet Your IBS Medical Team WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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