Skip to Content
Psychotherapy may work well for
people who have severe pain caused by
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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:footnote 1
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.
Tack J (2006). Irritable bowel syndrome. In MM Wolfe et al., eds., Therapy of Digestive Disorders, 2nd ed., pp. 701–710. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2016 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)