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
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:1
Diarrhea and pain as their main
IBS symptoms related to psychological triggers. Triggers may include depression, anxiety, or a history of physical, emotional, or sexual
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.
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