Struggling with IBS anxiety? Possibilities is here to help you manage your IBS stress
Around 20% of the UK population suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence and bloating are just some of the symptoms of IBS. The IBS symptoms can often lead to anxieties, worries and embarrassment.
This anxiety can then escalate the problem further, worsening symptoms, which then lead to further anxiety. Breaking this pattern can be challenging. This is where we can help.
While we can’t fully resolve the physical side of IBS, we can certainly help you manage the anxiety that aggravates the problem.
What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) anxiety?
Irritable bowel syndrome anxiety is anxiety about the symptoms of IBS becoming problematic in different situations. For example, being in public places, visiting friends and family and other activities can suddenly become hugely stressful because of worries about the appearance of IBS symptoms. This stress can then cause IBS symptoms to appear, creating a cycle that’s extremely difficult to escape.
In addition, background worries about the possible emergence of a serious health problem, are often lurking.
Can CBT help me with IBS anxiety?
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is often very effective in overcoming health anxiety and stress. We can help you develop new skills for coping with IBS symptoms and help you reduce your anxiety and stress when facing IBS related challenges.
When should I seek help for IBS anxiety?
If IBS is interfering with the quality of your life, our ‘enhanced’ CBT service is worth considering as it could make a significant positive difference to your life.
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.