Stress & Digestive Health
It is not entirely clear how stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are related -- or which one comes first -- but studies show they tend to co-exist.
What is IBS?
IBS is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, sudden urges and diarrhea or constipation. IBS is a long-term problem. You can’t prevent IBS, but there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.
How do you treat IBS?
In addition to changing your diet, getting enough exercise and sleep, and seeking medical treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) gives you tools to cope with gastrointestinal symptoms. This is a form of psychotherapy that teaches you to analyze negative, distorted thoughts and replace them with more realistic thoughts. Relaxation training will also be provided. Continued on other side CentraCare Digestive Center partners with St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health to help patients identify and modify stressors that may affect IBS symptoms.
What is the cost?
Therapy takes place for 10-20 weeks, meeting in 50-minute sessions, individually or in a group setting. Insurance often covers CBT. Check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
For more information
If you are suffering from IBS and would like to try CBT to help manage your symptoms, please talk to a gastroenterologist about a referral to behavioral health.
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