Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) brings stress and distressing situations make it worse. Aberdeen Counselling and CBT Therapy are effective in helping you reduce stress and stress-linked to IBS symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional condition in which people regularly experience painful stomach cramps, abdominal bloating, constipation or diarrhoea (or both), flatulence and occasional nausea.
IBS is considered a functional disorder which means that the problem is not related to any apparent identifiable disease in the bowel but to the way it functions.
It is estimated that up to 20% of the population suffer from IBS symptoms.
The causes of IBS are not entirely clear. There is usually no single cause. A combination of associated biological, psychological and social factors may combine to perpetuate the problem.
People with IBS appear to be more sensitive to pain in the bowel and experience more pain. Not surprisingly, it also seems that IBS sufferers are particularly sensitive to everyday stress because it aggravates their IBS symptoms.
IBS is a painful and often experienced as an embarrassing problem causing much disruption to everyday living, quality of life and unhappiness.
Stress and anxiety about IBS symptoms appear to add, in part, to the maintenance of the IBS. Also, people become stressed about the possibility of being stressed for example about life issues as these too may aggravate their IBS symptoms.
In addition, background worries about the possible emergence of a serious health problem, such as colon cancer, are often lurking.
IBS also encourages people to avoid certain foods and situations; leading to various restrictions in living.
Research demonstrates that Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are very effective in overcoming anxiety, health anxieties and stress. Therefore, these therapies can help you learn new skills for coping with IBS symptoms and help you reduce anxiety and stress when facing IBS-related challenges.
If IBS is interfering with the quality of your life, then Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), perhaps alongside medications prescribed by your GP or medical specialist, can help you take things forward to gain a richer life.
How do you make an appointment?
If you are experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), please contact us to make an initial consultation appointment by calling: Tracey Johnston, Clinical Director
or email (please click on email link): firstname.lastname@example.org
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Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
14 - 20 John Street