Can therapy work for   IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS Psychology

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
Carl Jung


Does therapy work ?

For long terms sufferers of IBS, the likelihood of surviving without some kind of psychological damage is very low indeed.

As we go on to discuss IBS indulges many negative emotions and however well you may deal with these issues the repetitive nature of the attack on these emotions can be draining.

Serious psychological conditions such as depression are not uncommon with IBS, so it must be taken seriously.  Here we look at the possible effectiveness of therapy for IBS sufferers.

We do not break this down into the various strands of psychology, as we are purely assessing whether the use of a professional in this field  can help.

Yes

Without wishing to indulge in an overly verbose response, the answer is yes.  IBS sufferers generally bear much of their condition alone.  IBS is not a condition which is easy to discuss, it is very private and often very embarrassing.  If you have someone in your life who is able to listen and help you that is wonderful, if you feel unable to talk about this then therapy may the answer.

A good therapist will be able to guide you through the psychological minefields that IBS may lay.  It may also give you a greater insight into the causes of your issues.  Anxiety for example often has origin which can be explored.  More importantly if you in  danger of suffering depression, a psychologist will be able to assist you with a condition with the potential to do real harm.

Open

One caveat to the validity  of a therapist will be your own ability to be open and to express your inner most feelings.  While we believe that therapy can really help IBS sufferers, this is dependent upon factors such this.  It is also very important to find a therapist who suits you, and who you feel comfortable with.

This may not happen instantly so do not be alarmed if you do not feel comfortable with the first therapist you see, most therapists we have encountered have been excellent, however that is not to say that all will suit your needs.

Methods

Therapists may also be able to give you methods of coping with anxiety and panic.  Depending upon the type of therapist you may see, you may be surprised by how much you may learn.  It is not just a case of sitting back in a chair, it is a case of actually getting better.


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