What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a "functional disorder" which means the symptoms have no physiological or anatomical cause which can be identified. It is not a disease and although the symptoms are very distressing there is no physical damage being done which causes the symptoms.
People suffering from IBS often have an increase in negative moods. These psychological factors may be a cause of symptoms or a result of years of disrupted life activities and frequent periods of painful symptoms.
Anxiety may be related to specific events and sensations such as meals, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. This can result in increased worry about the sensations, hyper-vigilance of symptoms and avoidance of any situation that they associate with the symptoms. As a result life becomes more limited as they stick to safe places and activities which can result in increasing and pronging the anxiety.
There is now positive research to show Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can have very a beneficial impact on IBS.
Hypnosis for IBS
Hypnotherapy uses relaxation techniques and suggestion to help reduce symptoms and create helpful coping strategies.
CBT for IBS
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps clients change their habitual thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that have contributed to stress and negative moods by applying a structured approach of exercises.