Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS - and psychotherapy
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Gavin Williams, M.A., MPhil. Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
30th January, 20110 Comments
I am investigating as to why IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome - can be so enduring throughout a persons life. What may be the trigger points that start the uncomfortable bodily experience? Why do some people suffer from nerves and anxiety more than others? When does it seem to be most irritating? And why does it seem to be uncontrollable for some people?
My investigations so far suggest that it is important to check for sufficient roughage in diet. Perhaps to ask the GP for a CT scan of stomach area to check for any physical problems.
Emotionally, IBS can be seen as a psychosomatic conversion of anxiety. Perhaps the source of the irritation can be understood as something that has not been concluded, i.e., an argument that festers, is brooded upon, like a prevailing mood.
I believe that psychotherapy sessions may offer one way of exploring where the root causes for IBS may occur. Through a new way of thinking and experiencing, the person may position themselves in the world differently, and experience relationships differently, so the person can alter how they convert and manage anxiety better.
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