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Tag: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

CBT Plus Medical Treatment is Most Effective for IBS

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Medical Science, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in conjunction with medical treatment is more effective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) than medical treatment alone.  Participants in the current study (50 patients diagnosed with IBS) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: (1) an experimental group that received a combination of CBT and medical treatment, and (2) a control group that…

Internet Based CBT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that brief, internet based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), with limited therapist feedback (delivered via email), can help reduce symptom severity in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers found that CBT can reduce individuals’ catastrophic thinking about the implications of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms present in IBS cases. Reducing catastrophic thinking via CBT may lead to a decrease in symptom severity and positive treatment…

CBT is Effective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A recent study posted in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, a journal publishing clinical articles on all aspects of the digestive system, shows evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for irritable bowl syndrome (IBS).


Forbes Magazine: Patient Fix Thyself… Cognitive Behavior Therapy… may be better than Prozac

  "Dump the Couch! And ditch the Zoloft. A new therapy revolution is here," says the cover of the April, 2007 issue of Forbes Magazine. Forbes is referring to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which has "been shown to be surprisingly effective in quelling an ever expanding array of mental maladies: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, bulimia, hypochondria--even insomnia. Now almost 150 clinical trials are under way to…

Cognitive Behavioral Aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A recent study followed 620 patients with gastroenteritis (an infection or inflammation of the stomach area) to see if they went on to develop Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (a more chronic bowel disorder). Researchers wanted to evaluate whether those who developed IBS had any psychological factors in common. And in fact, they did. Patients completed a psychological self-report measure when initially infected, then at 3 and 6 months. Of the 620 patients, 49 of them developed IBS - and these 49 patients also had higher perceived stress, anxiety and negative…