What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a long-term condition that affects the digestive system. It can cause problems such as bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and/or constipation. Because the symptoms of the condition are so clearly physical, people sometimes overlook the psychological aspects of the condition.

Stress is believed to play a part in IBS and, indeed, stress can have a big impact on our digestive health overall. As such, reducing stress levels is one of the suggestions made by the NHS in managing or treating IBS.

It’s important to note that acknowledging that the condition may have underlying psychological causes or exacerbating factors doesn’t mean any suggestion that the condition itself isn’t real. How we feel psychologically has a tangible impact on our physical health (as an example, stress releases a hormone called cortisol that can negatively impact the immune system over time).

How can IBS be treated?

As IBS does seem to have a psychological aspect to it, therapy may be able to help. Both hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can be help in identifying negative thought patterns that may be adversely affecting your psychological wellbeing. They can also help give you the tools to change that and improve your coping mechanisms for situations that would previously have caused you stress.

How can you book a session for IBS?

If you’d like to book a session or even if you’d just like to find out some more, please contact me. I’m based in Larbert, close to Falkirk. I’m only a 5 minute walk from the train station, from where there are regular, direct services to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.