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How does talk therapy treat depression and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

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Many people with depression get help by working with a therapist to figure out conflicts and understand feelings. One type of talk therapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy, can help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and depression.

Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you how to recognize negative and distorted thoughts, and replace them with positive, more realistic ones.

The American College of Gastroenterology has found that 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. , 2001.  J. Clin Psychiatry

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., , 2014.  Journal of Molecular Psychiatry

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. , 2001.  J. Clin Psychiatry

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., , 2014.  Journal of Molecular Psychiatry

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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