If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other stomach issues, or chronic pain, have you ever noticed how digestive issues can increase your mental stress? In this blog post, we talked about the interplay between your brain, belly, and the environment in your gut. The dance this trio does together can leave you cycling between anxiety and deep belly pain. At our practices in Evanston and Chicago, we work closely with you when the pain is physical and emotional. Let’s talk about what that looks like as you engage in therapy with us. Relief from your pain is possible.
It wasn’t until 15 to 20 years ago that clinical health psychologist Olafur Palsson, PsyD, crafted a treatment protocol to use with his patients suffering from IBS. His clients saw their irritable bowel symptoms like cramping, bloating and gas diminish after participating in several sessions of hypnotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of therapy that works to modify your thinking and behavioral patterns. It can work wonderfully to lessen the feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and despair that often accompany IBS gastrointestinal distress and chronic pain.
CBT works through the brain-gut pathway. Take a look at this blog to learn more about the brain-gut pathway.
Scientists have established that individuals suffering from depression may also suffer from gastrointestinal distress such as low gut motility and constipation, as seen in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).