Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, recurrent and distressing condition, characterised by intermittent abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea.

People with IBS often suffer from anxiety, depression and especially generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and research suggests that between 60 and 90 percent of people who suffer from IBS have an untreated underlying psychiatric disorder.

The colon is controlled by part of the nervous system which responds to stress and it is also thought that people who suffer from generalised anxiety disorder have fluctuations in their immune system which can also have a role in worsening symptoms of IBS. Treatment with certain types of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy therapy can greatly improve or even eradicate the symptoms of IBS.

For more information on Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, visit the following website links:

·         https://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/generalised-anxiety-disorder

·         https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/anxiety-type/irritable-bowel-syndrome/   

·         https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/ibs


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