Psychotherapy for Irritable Bowel SyndromeSkip to the navigation
Psychotherapy may work well for people who have severe pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
It involves talking with a mental health professional about emotional and psychological problems that may trigger symptoms of IBS. Religious or spiritual advisers may also offer help. Family therapy and support groups also may help in the treatment of IBS.
Psychological treatment methods may work better if used along with other treatments. These include diet modification, stress reduction, and sometimes medicine. These treatments are likely to work best in people who have:footnote 1
- Diarrhea and pain as their main symptoms.
- IBS symptoms related to psychological triggers. Triggers may include depression, anxiety, or a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
People who do not have psychological triggers may not respond to psychotherapy. Also, people who have constipation and belly bloating as their main symptoms may not respond to psychotherapy as well as those who have diarrhea and pain.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 5, 2017
Current as of: May 5, 2017
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