We have touched upon the psychological nature of IBS, however for some IBS can go far deeper and far darker. What begins life as a simple digestive disorder can develop into the dark world of depression.

This is a gradual incremental process for many, IBS does not come gift wrapped with depression or psychological issues. Over time the impact of IBS can accumulate into something which dominates sufferers lives.

Beginnings

Over the course of time IBS symptoms, left unchecked can start to dominate your life.  Every decision can be made around the difficulties posed by IBS.

Your day may start earlier as you need more time to prepare yourself than others, the very idea of getting up and going straight out is often alien to IBS sufferers who need that time to make themselves comfortable.

Then IBS will take charge of your life in general, when you go, where you go, every trip will become fraught with anxiety if you are suffering severe IBS.  In short nothing becomes simple, just going to the shops will not be easy, going out will not be easy period.

The net reaction to this is to reduce the amount of time that you spend going out.  For many the easiest way to deal with IBS is through avoidance.  Rather than put yourself through the anxiety that IBS can induce, why not simply avoid the anxiety altogether ?

This often results in a reduced social life, reduced exercise, fresh air and eventually quality of life.  At this point depression may start to appear.  We have not even mentioned the pain and embarrassment reeked by IBS.  We have simply focused on the way that IBS gradually reduces the quality of life, the embarrassment generated by accidents and near misses merely add to the increasingly toxic soup that is IBS.

Here it comes

Depression is not inevitable, however if your symptoms continually worsen and you are unable to improve the quality of your life there is a very strong possibility that you will face depression at some point.  Without the ability to live a normal life, without the opportunity to be active physically and socially then IBS can lead to depression, which as any sufferer will know is a very dark place indeed.

There is nothing good about depression, and few positives can be drawn from it.  Coming out of depression can be a real battle, and it is frustrating for friends and family as depression sufferers can be very hard to reach.  You may be offered medication, or you may choose to try and get out of the situation on your own.  Whichever you choose having help and support is vital, we  have included links below.

Leaving the dark place

If your IBS has taken you to a very bad place, then we urge you to click on one of the links below.  Friends and family often try to help, but it is very hard for them to do so.  You have to have either suffered depression yourself or have a deep understanding to truly help.  Even acknowledging that you are depressed is very hard to do so, it can be like gradually falling down a hole until you can’t seem to get out.

Depression seems to be all about taking that first step.  Once you are on the road most of us will get out, and it does make you stronger if you come through it.  While many do fall back into depression, it does help if you’ve been through it before as you will at least now that you can get to the other side.  If your IBS has lead you to depression, please click on a link, it could be the start of your road to recovery, what have you got to lose ?

USA       http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home

UK         http://www.depressionalliance.org/

AUS       http://www.beyondblue.org.au/

CAN       http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental-illness/depression/

NZ          http://www.depression.org.nz/

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