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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Talking Therapies

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Some of the common symptoms of IBS

Have you been feeling?

  • low
  • anxious
  • irritable
  • embarrassed
  • tired

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘I can’t do this/that’
  • ‘I can’t stand this feeling’
  • ‘I need to know where the toilets are otherwise I cannot go out’
  • ‘I will embarrass myself’
  • ‘Something is seriously wrong with my stomach and bowels’
  • ‘I will soil myself’

Have you noticed?

  • pain or discomfort in your stomach
  • you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • you have been urgently needing the toilet more often than usual
  • you have constipation, diarrhoea, or bloating

Possible causes of IBS

  • overactive nerves and muscles in the gut and stomach
  • intolerance to certain foods
  • being unwell with an upset stomach (gastroenteritis or food poisoning)
  • stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced or being attacked/abused
  • anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious
  • pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem solve certain issues

How common is IBS?

  • 1 in 5 people are affected by irritable bowel syndrome
  • irritable bowel syndrome commonly first develops in teenagers and young adults
  • irritable bowel syndrome is twice as common in women as men

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