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Can Psychotherapy Help With IBS?

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Updated September 05, 2012

Can Psychotherapy Help With IBS?
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Question: Can Psychotherapy Help With IBS?
My doctor suggested that I go talk to a psychologist, but I am not depressed. Why would she recommend that? Would it help my IBS?
Answer:

You don’t have to be depressed to benefit from psychotherapy. Certain types of psychotherapy have been shown to be effective in reducing IBS symptoms. Although it is not known precisely why therapy is beneficial, it is thought to be related to the effect of the therapy on the close interconnections between the brain and the intestinal system.

Further Reading from Dr. Bolen, Your IBS Guide:

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