IBS Psychology


One of the big features of IBS-Health.com is the attention to the often neglected psychological element of life with IBS.  Long term sufferers will suffer as a result of the symptoms without exception.   The following touches upon a few of these issue,  however the website deals with the issue far more conclusively.


Conditioning


The key psychological issue facing IBS sufferers is gradual conditioning generated by IBS.  Incremental steps towards conditioning are made daily and generate conditioned responses in the manner of  Pavlov’s dogs.  In the case of IBS the stimuli is the most powerful – fear.    With or without IBS,  as  a species certain places will be equated to certain reactions and emotions.


As an IBS sufferer,  you may equate a certain place where you had an incident, or a certain activity to needing the bathroom.  Whenever you step into that environment you are instantly filled with the same sense of anxiety, which often leads to a need for the bathroom.


Breaking a conditioned response is very difficult.  At present some clinical psychologists are known to try self hypnosis.  Hypnosis, sadly carries with it the stigma of fraudulent entertainment, however in this context it is used to try to condition a suffer or IBS or anxiety to relax, upon a given stimuli or condition.  This works for some, certainly not all and is always worth a try as the benefits outweigh the costs.


Avoidance


When IBS is at its worst, a sufferer can become prone to avoidance.  Avoidant personality disorder, is something featured on the site, and a condition that many sufferers will relate to.  The unwillingness to risk trusting your condition may lead to sufferers choosing to avoid social situations.  This ends up with a suffocated lifestyle.



For a deeper insight into this area please go to our website www-ibs-health.com




Date: 25/07/2012
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