Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS as it’s more commonly known, is an uncomfortable and often painful gastrointestinal condition. According to The IBS Centre between 20 - 25% of the population will experience irritable bowel at some point in their lives. Sometimes the symptoms of IBS can last for years, even decades! It's not unusual for sufferers of IBS undergo numerous medical test and interventions with little success.
Irritable bowel syndrome tends to affects both males and females in equal measure. It's important that other potential symptoms and medical complications are ruled out before embarking on therapeutic alternatives.
"IBS is one of those unfortunate symptoms that, while often caused by stress, also causes stress, leading the sufferer into a vicious cycle that can be hard to break without the right treatment plan."
A major cause of IBS is stress. IBS is one of those unfortunate symptoms that, while often caused by stress, also causes stress, leading the sufferer into a vicious cycle that can be hard to break without the right treatment plan. For example, sufferers may experience a whole host of symptoms as a result of their prolonged IBS issues, such as:
As we've just seen, one of the common causes of IBS is stress. Occasionally IBS sufferers identify with the fact that they are stressed, however at other times IBS sufferers report that they don’t feel particularly stressed and wonder how their symptoms are occurring.
The fact is that stress has two main forms, acute stress and chronic stress. Acute stress is when a specific event or circumstance is arousing a stress response in you. Most people are aware of when they are experiencing an acute stress response, you feel on edge, anxious, or angry, and you want to sort the problem out as soon as possible so that you can relax. Chronic stress is different. Chronic stress has less to do with a specific event and more to do with the accumulation of stress over your lifetime. Many people who suffer from chronic stress don’t self-identify with being stressed. They are so used to being stressed, anxious, or depressed, that it feels normal!
"Stress can affect us psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Fortunately IBS tends to respond well to both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy."
Both acute stress and chronic stress can take a significant toll on you body and I urge to check out my Sequential Psychotherapy website for more information about how stress can affect us psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Fortunately IBS tends to respond well to both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. The reason being that psychotherapy can help you resolve the causes and symptoms of stress, and hypnotherapy has a naturally relaxing effect on the nervous system.
You are warmly invited to join me at The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic, or online via Skype, for a FREE initial consultation in which we can discuss your situation in privacy and comfort and establish a treatment plan to help you overcome your symptoms. Naturally I appreciate that the symptoms of IBS can be uncomfortable or embarrassing to talk about so allow me to reassure you that you'll be treated with utmost care and respect. Why don't you get in touch to book your free initial consultation and begin the process of taking back control in your life!